Sneaky Asteroid Photobombing a Cloudy Galaxy – A clear object is visible in the centre of the Hubble Space Telescope photograph released on Monday: the fuzzy galaxy UGC 7983. But there’s a lot more going on here than first appears, as with many Hubble photographs.
Can you see the asteroid that interfered with the photo?
A little galaxy called UGC 7983 can be found in Virgo 30 million light-years from Earth. It is referred to as a dwarf irregular galaxy by the European Space Agency. In respectable company. The backdrop contains a large number of other galaxies. Also visible are brilliant stars.
You might need to look around a bit to discover the asteroid.
According to the ESA, “a tiny asteroid only a few kilometres across may be seen speeding over the upper left-hand side of this view.” The path of the space rock is four small dashes of light. The asteroid appears as four streaks in the photograph because four exposures were merged to create it.
The capture of the asteroid was deemed a “good side effect” by ESA. The primary goal of the galaxy image was to close any gaps in Hubble’s studies of known galaxies that were nearby our own Milky Way.
The ESA and NASA collaboration project Hubble has been in use for more than three decades. The telescope has a stellar reputation for its views of galaxies, planets, and nebulae, but it has also shown to be a skilled asteroid hunter. Asteroid hunters found almost 1,700 asteroid trails in old Hubble photos, the ESA reported last year.
Hubble aids in study on the sizes and orbits of asteroids. And some lovely views have been released.
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