Hubble space telescope image of an asteroid

Hubble space telescope image of an asteroid

R310/0055 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 73.7MB

Downloadable file size: 4.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Asteroid. Hubble Space Telescope image of an asteroid (blue, at upper centre) seen in the constellation Centaurus. This time-exposure image shows the asteroid path against a background of stars (white). The asteroid has a visual magnitude (brightness) of 18.7 and its trail is 19 arc seconds long. Around 2 kilometres across, the asteroid was 145 million kilometres from Earth when the image was taken. The orange and blue specks were created by energetic subatomic particles known as cosmic rays. Asteroids are small lumps of rock circling the sun which usually, as here, orbit between Mars and Jupiter.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: asteroid, astronomy, centaurus, cosmology, hubble, hubble image

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.