NASA unveils an incredible galactic & # 39; photo bomb & # 39; image with an asteroid flowing along the crab nebula
- The photo was originally made in black and white in 2005 by the Hubble
- A German volunteer has now colored the image to show more detail
- Rarely see asteroids like this because they are small, the European space agency said
A digitally enhanced photo taken with the Hubble telescope has shown that the crab nebula is being bombarded & # 39; by an asteroid.
The photo was originally taken in black in 2005 and now and has now been edited by a volunteer who has colored it.
It now shows a stream of white light passing through the colorful gas clouds of the mist, which is the remnant of a supernova with a diameter of about 5.5 light years.
Asteroids such as these are hard to see and are rarely found in photos of areas that are so large because they are so small in comparison.
The European Space Agency said: & # 39; Because they know the date and time that the Hubble photos were taken, they can use the paths in the photos to determine the positions and speeds of asteroids.
The photo was originally made in black in 2005 and has now been edited by a volunteer and amateur astronomer in Germany – Melina Thévenot – who colored it. The asteroid 2001 SE101 can be seen in a curved line from the bottom left corner of the image
Astronomers say they can use photos that are interrupted by asteroids to find out more about the space rocks that swing through them.
To this end, the European Space Agency (ESA) has set up a project with around 1,900 civilian volunteers to try to find asteroids in satellite images of space.
This one, on the beautiful photo of the Crab Nebula, was discovered and edited by astronomy enthusiast Melina Thévenot.
She discovered the trail of an asteroid called 2001 SE101, which was first seen 18 years ago.
In the image, it looks like a curved line that crosses the image from the bottom left to the top right, near the center of the mist.
The crab nebula is the remnant of a supernova – the explosion of a star – in the Taurus constellation.
It got its quirky name from William Parsons, 3rd Count of Rosse, who looked at it through a telescope in 1840 and drew it.
His drawing came out like a crab and the name was born.
The ESA added: & # 39; Now that volunteers have searched the platform to recognize and mark asteroid pathways, it's astronomers' turn to get started.
& # 39; Because they know the date and time that the Hubble photos were taken, they can use the paths in the photos to derive the positions and speeds of asteroids.
& # 39; This means that they can determine the orbits and future orbits of known and previously unknown asteroids with greater precision than before.
& # 39; This knowledge is especially important for objects near the earth: accurately determining the orbits of these asteroids can help protect our planet against potential collisions. & # 39;
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPACE ROCKS?
A asteroid is a large piece of rock that remains from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.
A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.
A meteor call astronomers a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns out.
This debris itself is known as one meteoroid. Most are so small that they are evaporated into the atmosphere.
When one of these meteoroids reaches the earth, it is called one meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites are normally from asteroids and comets.
For example, when the earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns in the atmosphere and forms a meteor shower.
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