Universe  ID: 13817

Hubble Spots Comet Near Jupiter

After traveling several billion miles toward the Sun, a wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way.

The object has settled near a family of captured ancient asteroids, called Trojans, that are orbiting the Sun alongside Jupiter. This is the first time a comet-like object has been spotted near the Trojan population.

For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

Additional Visualizations:
Jupiter orbit with Trojan Asteroids: Kel Elkins
Jupiter orbit with Trojan Asteroids: Ernie Wright
Kupier Belt Visualization: Scott Wiessinger
Jupiter’s Wake Visualization: Dan Gallagher

Music Credits:
"Infinity" by Axel Tenner [GEMA], Michael Schluecker [GEMA], and Raphael Schalz [GEMA] via Ed.Berlin Production Music / Universal Production Music GmbH [GEMA] and Universal Production Music.



Paul R. Morris (USRA): Lead Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Kel Elkins (USRA): Animator
Ernie Wright (USRA): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Animator
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Animator
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, please credit individual items as indicated above.