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MPEG Video Clip: Centaur Object - Video Assests

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  • File Size - 549kB
  • Length - 13 seconds
  • Format - MPEG 1
  • Resolution - 320 x 240 pixels

 


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  • Title: Centaur Object
  • Description:
    The unexpectedly varied surface of a wayward piece of space debris has given astronomers new insights into the characteristics of a ghostly population of asteroid-sized bodies, called Centaur objects, which orbit the Sun near the outer solar system.
  • Hubble Space Telescope observations of a 48-mile-wide (80-kilometer-wide) object called 8405 Asbolus, show that one side of the object appears to have a fresh crater estimated to be less than 10 million years old. This shows that these mysterious objects do not have relatively smooth surfaces. This is an artist’s conception, not a view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Source URL: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/2000/31/
  • Credits: Greg Bacon and Bryan Preston, Space Telescope Science Institute

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