Hubble Telescope Image of the "String of Pearls" Comet

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of approximately 20 objects that comprise comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, giving it the resemblance of a "string of pearls." The comet is hurtling toward a July 1994 collision with the giant planet Jupiter.

Rubble's high resolution shows that the comet's nuclei are much smaller than originally estimated from observations with ground-based telescopes. The Hubble observations show that the nuclei are probably less than three miles (5 km) across, as opposed to earlier estimates of nine miles (14 km).


Dr. H. A. Weaver and Mr. T. E. Smith, STScI NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:18 October 1993, 05:00
Size:3622 x 2327 px

About the Object

Name:Shoemaker-Levy 9
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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