Hey Space Placers!
Comet or asteroid?
This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the gradual self-destruction of an asteroid, whose ejected dusty material has formed two long, thin, comet-like tails. The longer tail stretches more than 500,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) and is roughly 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) wide. The shorter tail is about a quarter as long. The streamers will eventually disperse into space.
Credits: NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), and O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory)
If we saw this in the sky odds are we would all think it is a comet and its tail.
But that is not the case.....it is an asteroid in the process of gradual self-destruction!
Read the story behind the stunning image.
All of that debris will become part of the dust in the solar system that I blogged about yesterday,
Sky Guy in the Atlantic
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