The ongoing process of the destruction of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 [Colourised, looping backward and forward]

This video follows Fragment B of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 over the course of three days. Hubble made three exposures with the Advanced Camera for Surveys that have here been combined to a seamless video with the help of an advanced morphing technique.

An amazing hierarchical destruction process is taking place in this comet, in which fragments are continuing to break into smaller chunks, which are trailing behind the main fragment.


NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (APL/JHU), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

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Release date:27 April 2006, 19:00
Related releases:heic0605
Duration:23 s
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