Hubble Spots Comet Near Jupiter

  • Released Thursday, February 25th, 2021
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

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.

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