The Antiope Doublet

VLT observations of the double asteroid (90) Antiope during 2004. The adaptive optics NACO instrument was used, allowing the astronomers to perfectly distinguish the two components and so, precisely determine the orbit. The two objects are separated by 171 km, and they perform their celestial dance in 16.5 hours. The adaptive optics observations could, however, never resolve the shape of the individual components as they are too small.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0718b
Type:Observation
Release date:29 March 2007
Related releases:eso0718
Size:2061 x 1238 px

About the Object

Name:90 Antiope
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
• X - Solar System

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