Comet Linear Fragments (Ground-Based View)

A ground-based telescopic view (2.2-meter telescope) of Comet LINEAR taken on August 5. The comet appears as a diffuse elongated cloud of debris without any visible nucleus. Based on these images, some astronomers had concluded that the ices in the nucleus had completely vaporized, leaving behind a loose swarm of dust. Hubble's resolution was needed to pinpoint the remaining nuclei.

A ground-based telescopic view (2.2-meter telescope) of Comet LINEAR taken on August 5, at nearly the same time as the Hubble observations.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, Harold Weaver (the Johns Hopkins University), and the HST Comet LINEAR Investigation Team.

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0027c
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2000, 17:00
Size:1578 x 1170 px

About the Object

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


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