SPHERE image of Hygiea

A new SPHERE/VLT image of Hygiea, which could be the Solar System’s smallest dwarf planet yet. As an object in the main asteroid belt, Hygiea satisfies right away three of the four requirements to be classified as a dwarf planet: it orbits around the Sun, it is not a moon and, unlike a planet, it has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit. The final requirement is that it have enough mass that its own gravity pulls it into a roughly spherical shape. This is what VLT observations have now revealed about Hygiea.

Autorska prava:

ESO/P. Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS)

O slici

Datum objavljivanja:28. oktobar 2019. 17:00
Povezana saopštenja:eso1918
Veličina:2490 x 1602 px

O objektu

Tip:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
Kategorija:Solar System

Formati slika

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Boje i flteri

OpsegTalasna dužinaTeleskop
645 nmVery Large Telescope


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