Hubble captures outburst from comet targeted by Deep Impact (07:17 UT image)

In a dress rehearsal for the rendezvous between NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft and comet 9P/Tempel 1, the Hubble Space Telescope captured dramatic images of a new jet of dust streaming from the icy comet.

The images are a reminder that Tempel 1's icy nucleus, roughly the size of central Paris, is dynamic and volatile. Astronomers hope the eruption of dust seen in these observations is a preview of the fireworks that may come 4 July, when a probe from the Deep Impact spacecraft will slam into the comet, possibly blasting off material and giving rise to a similar dust plume.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), and H. Weaver (Applied Physics Lab)

About the Image

Id:heic0508b
Type:Observation
Release date:27 June 2005, 16:00
Related releases:heic0508
Size:1400 x 1400 px

About the Object

Name:Comet 9P, Tempel 1
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet : Tail : Dust
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