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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE

Filed under asteroids, comets, near-Earth asteroids, trojans and centaurs, WISE

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Asteroid and Comet Census from WISE The perspective shown here is looking down from high above Earth's North Pole, a kind of bird's eye view of the solar system. The planets are shown as blue dots, and their orbits are the dashed lines. Earth is the third blue dot from the sun. The big mass of black dots consists of asteroids in the main belt, between Mars and Jupiter. The green dots show the known near-Earth objects, both asteroids and comets, that NEOWISE has spotted so far. Newfound near-Earth objects are shown as red dots. The turquoise squares are comets observed by the mission so far, and the yellow squares are newfound comets.

NASA / JPL / UCLA

Original image data dated on or about February 1, 2011

 

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