Comet Linear Fragments

Lower Right

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.

Upper Right

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.


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

Name:Comet Linear
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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Colours & filters

675 nm Hubble Space Telescope

Notes: The top image was captured by a 2.2-metre ground-based telescope.

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