Planets and Moons  ID: 13413

Discovering Eurybates' Satellite

On January 9, 2020, the Lucy Mission officially announced that it would be visiting not seven, but eight asteroids. As it turns out, Eurybates, one of the asteroids along Lucy’s path, has a small satellite. Shortly after the Lucy team discovered the satellite, both it and Eurybates moved behind the Sun, preventing the team from observing it further. However, the asteroids emerged from behind the Sun in July 2020, and since then, the Lucy team has been able to observe the satellite with Hubble on multiple occasions, allowing the team to precisely define the satellite’s orbit and allowing the little satellite to finally get an official name – Queta.

Credits

James Tralie (ADNET):
Lead Producer
Lead Editor
Lead Animator
Narrator

Keith Noll (NASA/GSFC):
Scientist

Katherine Kretke (SwRI):
Public Affairs

Nancy Neal-Jones (NASA/GSFC):
Public Affairs Officer

Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET):
Technical Support

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Mission:
Lucy

Keywords:
SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> HDTV
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Trojans
SVS >> Trojan Asteroid