PIA23589: Klotho and Lina

Klotho and Lina


Those aren't Klingon vessels. Appearing as strings of orange dots, the brightest sets of dots belong to asteroids Klotho and Lina. Both orbit out in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, while smaller, more distant asteroids can also be seen passing through the image.

Background Info:

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages and operates the NEOWISE mission for NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office within the Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The principal investigator, Amy Mainzer, is at the University of Arizona. The Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan, Utah, built the science instrument. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, built the spacecraft. Science data processing takes place at IPAC at Caltech in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

For more information about NEOWISE, visit https://www.nasa.gov/neowise and http://neowise.ipac.caltech.edu/

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target 468 Lina 97 Klotho
System Main Belt
Target Type Asteroid
Mission Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE)
Instrument Host NEOWISE
Host Type Space Telescope
Extra Keywords Color, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2019-12-13
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA23589
Identifier PIA23589