Poster of 42 asteroids in our Solar System and their orbits (black background)

This poster shows 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter (orbits not to scale). The images in the outermost circle of this infographic have been captured with the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch (SPHERE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. The asteroid sample features 39 objects larger than 100 kilometres in diameter, including 20 larger than 200 kilometres. The poster highlights a few of the objects, including Ceres (the largest asteroid in the belt), Urania (the smallest one imaged), Kalliope (the densest imaged) and Lutetia, which was visited by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission.

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ESO/M. Kornmesser/Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS)

About the Image

Release date:12 October 2021, 14:00
Related releases:eso2114
Size:5225 x 7500 px

About the Object

Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Solar System

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