Comet Linear Fragments (Hubble View)

In one stunning Hubble picture the fate of the mysteriously vanished solid nucleus of Comet LINEAR has been settled. The Hubble picture shows that the comet nucleus has been reduced to a shower of glowing 'mini-comets' resembling the fiery fragments from an exploding aerial firework.

Credit:

Hawaii University

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0027b
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2000, 17:00
Size:836 x 614 px

About the Object

Name:C/1999 S4, Comet Linear
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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