Hubble captures outburst from comet targeted by Deep Impact (14:15 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.
About the Image
|Release date:||27 June 2005, 16:00|
|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
• Solar System Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|