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.
About the Image
|Release date:||15 November 2007, 15:00|
|Size:||2964 x 2039 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet|
Colours & filters
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|675 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
Notes: The right image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and the left by an amateur astronomer.