Today is Asteroid Day, and the Hubble Space Telescope has given us some very nice images to commemorate it. Starting with this one:

Hubble has great abilities to look into the ultraviolet wavelengths. That allows it to see things that we lowly humans can’t, like Jupiter’s aurora. Hubble snapped some pics, and one was superimposed over a visual picture of Jupiter.

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Then they put together this animation, which is just the ultraviolet depiction:

This next image is a couple days old, but worth showing. It is of Kiso 5639, a dwarf galaxy 82 million light years away – that’s pretty far.

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Enjoy Asteroid Day!

 

Photo credits: NASA/ESA

Posted by Darren Beyer

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