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Asteroid Trails in Hubble Space TelescopeWFPC2 Images: First Results

RW Evans, KR Stapelfeldt, DP Peters, JT Trauger, DL Padgett, GE Ballester, CJ Burrows, JT Clarke, D Crisp, JS Gallagher, RE Griffiths, C Grillmair, JJ Hester, JG Hoessel, J Holtzmann, J Krist, M McMaster, V Meadows, JR Mould, E Ostrander Show all

Icarus | Published : 1998


Careful examination of 28,460 selected Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) long exposures from 1994, 1995, and early 1996 has revealed trails of 96 distinct moving objects. They have been reported to the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Minor Planet Center for their asteroid database and a few have been identified with known asteroids and used to update their orbits. Most of the objects are new, as they are too faint to show up on ground-based surveys. The trails often show a characteristic curvature due to the parallax induced by HST's orbital motion during the exposures. Using ephemerides for HST, the distance to each object can be directly determined from the parallax contri..

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