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:
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|Release date:||7 August 2000, 17:00|
|Size:||1578 x 1170 px|