This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Asteroid Dust Tails

Asteroid Dust Tails

C029/5707

Rights Managed

This image is not available for purchase in your country.

Please contact your Account Manager if you have any query.

Credit

NASA, ESA, AND A. FEILD (STSCI) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA, ESA, AND A. FEILD (STSCI) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

This is a diagram of the structure seen around an active asteroid designated P/2013 P5. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope imaged six dust tails in September 2013. One interpretation is that the asteroid's rotation rate has increased to the point where dust is falling off the surface along the equator and escaping into space. The pressure of sunlight then sweeps the dust into long tails. The entire structure rotates like a wheel.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

 {{ i.shot_duration ? i.shot_duration + ' ' : '' }}{{ i.shot_uhd ? '4K ' : i.hires ? 'HD ' : '' }}{{ i.spl_number }} R{{ i.license }}

  • Add to board
  • Similar {{ mediaType(i) }}