Hubble Telescope Image of the "String of Pearls" Comet

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of approximately 20 objects that comprise comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, giving it the resemblance of a "string of pearls." The comet is hurtling toward a July 1994 collision with the giant planet Jupiter.

Rubble's high resolution shows that the comet's nuclei are much smaller than originally estimated from observations with ground-based telescopes. The Hubble observations show that the nuclei are probably less than three miles (5 km) across, as opposed to earlier estimates of nine miles (14 km).

Credit:

Dr. H. A. Weaver and Mr. T. E. Smith, STScI NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9322a
Type:Collage
Release date:18 October 1993, 05:00
Size:3622 x 2327 px

About the Object

Name:Shoemaker-Levy 9
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

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Optical Hubble Space Telescope
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