Asteroids in Virgo

Wise_wise2011-005_500

WISE_WISE2011-005 February 1st, 2011

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

This image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows four galaxies in the Virgo cluster: Messier 59, Messier 60, NGC 4647, and NGC 4638. It also shows the tracks of three asteroids, which appear in this image as trails of green dots. The galaxies in the Virgo cluster contain billions of stars and are 55 million light-years away. The asteroids are members of the Solar System and are only millions of kilometers away (several light-minutes).

The asteroids are seen as trails of dots because the image was made by combining several observations of this region taken at different times. The asteroids move from one observation to the next, creating the trail effect. WISE observed infrared light, and the colors here are representational. Blue and cyan (blue-green) represent light with a wavelength of 3.6 and 4.6 microns, respectively, showing mostly hot stars. Green and red represent light of 12 and 22 microns, respectively, showing cooler objects, like asteroids.

Image Source: /image/WISE/WISE2011-005

Curator: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Berkeley, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: Pulic Domain

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 59 Messier 60 NGC 4647 NGC 4638
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Position Details

Position (FK5)
RA = 12h 43m 2.5s
DEC = 11° 46’ 59.5”
Orientation
North is 156.3° CCW
Field of View
42.6 x 32.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Virgo
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ID
WISE2011-005
Subject Category
Subject Name
Messier 59, Messier 60, NGC 4647, NGC 4638
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
/image/WISE/WISE2011-005
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
2010-06-22T09:09
Integration Time
8.8
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
FK5
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
190.760225, 11.7831805556
Reference Dimension
933, 700
Reference Pixel
393, 178
Scale
0.000761, 0.000761
Rotation
156.30919348814
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
URL
http://wise.astro.ucla.edu
Name
Email
outreach@ssl.berkeley.edu
Telephone
Address
7 Gauss Way
City
Berkeley
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
94720
Country
USA
Rights
Pulic Domain
Publisher
Publisher ID
WISE
Resource ID
Resource URL
/image/WISE/WISE2011-005
Related Resources
Metadata Date
2012-10-10 17:36:20 -0700
Metadata Version
1.2
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