ACS images of KBO 'quaoar'

Esahubble_opo0217b_500

esahubble_opo0217b October 7th, 2002

Credit: NASA/ESA and M. Brown (Caltech)

With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have determined that 2002 LM60, an icy Kuiper belt object dubbed 'Quaoar', by its discoverers, is the largest body found in the solar system since the discovery of Pluto 72 years ago. Quaoar (pronounced kwa-whar) is about half the size of Pluto. Like Pluto, Quaoar dwells in the Kuiper belt, an icy debris field of comet-like bodies extending 7 billion miles (more than 11 billion kilometres) beyond Neptune's orbit.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0217b/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Quaoar
Subject - Solar System
Interplanetary Body » Dwarf planet
Esahubble_opo0217b_1280
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ID
opo0217b
Subject Category
A.2.1  
Subject Name
Quaoar
Credits
NASA/ESA and M. Brown (Caltech)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0217b/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
3000.0, 2400.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo0217b
Metadata Date
2017-03-17T17:22:25.749014
Metadata Version
1.1
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