Comet Linear Fragments
In one stunning Hubble picture the fate of the mysteriously vanished solid nucleus of Comet LINEAR has been settled. The Hubble picture shows that the comet nucleus has been reduced to a shower of glowing 'mini-comets' resembling the fiery fragments from an exploding aerial firework.
A ground-based telescopic view (2.2-meter telescope) of Comet LINEAR taken on August 5, at nearly the same time as the Hubble observations.Credit:
Harold Weaver (the Johns Hopkins University), and the HST Comet LINEAR Investigation Team, University of Hawaii and NASA/ESA
About the Image
NASA press release
|Release date:||7 August 2000, 17:00|
|Size:||3000 x 2400 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet|
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Hubble Space Telescope
Notes: The top image was captured by a 2.2-metre ground-based telescope.