Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Hubble animation of a rotating Vesta
Filed under pretty pictures, animation, global views, asteroids, asteroid 4 Vesta, Hubble Space Telescope
This animation is composed of 20 images of Vesta captured on May 14 and 16, 2007 by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Vesta has a mean diameter of approximately 530 kilometers (330 miles), but is slightly shorter pole-to-pole (464 km / 288 mi) than it is at the equator (570 km / 354 mi) and rotates in 5.34 hours. The colors are not true colors but do show color variations across the surface.
NASA, ESA, and Lucy McFadden (U. Maryland)
Original image data dated on or about May 16, 2007
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