Vesta asteroid, satellite image

Vesta asteroid, satellite image

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Caption: Vesta asteroid. Satellite image of the surface of the asteroid Vesta (4 Vesta), showing the Snowman craters. This set of three craters, informally nicknamed 'Snowman' by the imaging camera's team members, is located in the northern hemisphere of Vesta. Vesta orbits the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter at an average distance of 353 million kilometres. 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. Image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on 24th July 2011, from a distance of about 5,200 kilometres away.

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