Vesta asteroid, artwork

Vesta asteroid, artwork

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Credit: CHRIS BUTLER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Vesta asteroid. Computer artwork of the asteroid Vesta (4 Vesta), based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images. The asteroid's south pole (lower centre) has been flattened, suggesting that it has experienced a major impact with another object in the past. Vesta orbits the Sun between the orbits of Mars & Jupiter at an average distance of 353 million kilometres (2.36 times the radius of Earth's orbit). It is the second largest asteroid, having a diameter of about 538 kilometres. Under favourable conditions, it is the only asteroid visible to the naked eye.

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