PIA16675: Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis

Herschel’s Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis


The Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory captured asteroid Apophis in its field of view during the approach to Earth on Jan. 5 and 6, 2013. The image shows asteroid Apophis in three wavelengths: 70, 100 and 160 microns, respectively.

Background Info:

Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission, with science instruments provided by consortia of European institutes and with important participation by NASA. NASA's Herschel Project Office is based at JPL, which contributed mission-enabling technology for two of Herschel's three science instruments. The NASA Herschel Science Center, part of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech, supports the United States astronomical community. More information is online at: http://www.herschel.caltech.edu , http://www.nasa.gov/herschel , and http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/index.html .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target 99942 Apophis
System Near Earth Objects
Target Type Asteroid
Mission Herschel Space Observatory
Instrument Host Herschel Space Observatory Hubble Space Telescope
Host Type Space Telescope
Instrument Photodetector Array Camera & Spectrometer (PACS)
Extra Keywords Color, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-01-09
Date in Caption
Image Credit ESA/Herschel/PACS/MACH-11/MPE/ESAC
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16675
Identifier PIA16675