A Unique Hubble View of Comet ISON

In this Hubble Space Telescope composite image taken in April 2013, the sun-approaching Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful of foreground stars. The icy visitor, with its long gossamer tail, appears to be swimming like a tadpole through a deep pond of celestial wonders.

In this composite image, background stars and galaxies were separately photographed in red and yellow-green light. Because the comet moved between exposures relative to the background objects, its appearance was blurred. The blurred comet photo was replaced with a single, black-and-white exposure.

The images were taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on April 30, 2013.

This photo is one of the original images featured on ISONblog, a new online source offering analysis of Comet ISON by Hubble Space Telescope astronomers and staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, USA.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1331a
Type:Observation
Release date:26 July 2013, 10:50
Size:1280 x 1186 px

About the Object

Name:C/2012 S1, Comet ISON
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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