Hubble and wide-field ground based view of Comet 17P/Holmes

The Hubble image at right, taken on 4 Nov., shows the heart of Comet 17P/Holmes. The central portion of the image has been specially processed to highlight variations in the dust distribution near the nucleus. About twice as much dust lies along the east-west direction (the horizontal direction) as along the north-south direction (the vertical direction), giving the comet a "bow tie" appearance.

The composite colour image at left, taken 1 Nov. by an amateur astronomer shows the complex structure of the entire coma, consisting of concentric shells of dust and a faint tail emanating from the comet's right side.

Credit:

NASA,ESA, and H. Weaver (The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0718a
Type:Collage
Release date:15 November 2007, 15:00
Related releases:heic0718
Size:2964 x 2039 px

About the Object

Name:17P/Holmes
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Notes: The right image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and the left by an amateur astronomer.


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