Comet Linear Fragments (Close-Up Version)

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:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0027d
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2000, 17:00
Size:513 x 513 px

About the Object

Name:C/1999 S4, Comet Linear
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet : Nucleus
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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