Hubble Close-Up of Bright Nucleus in Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

This is an enlargement of a NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the "brightest nucleus" in a string of approximately 20 objects that comprise comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. The comet is hurtling toward a July I994 collision with the giant planet Jupiter.

Hubble's high resolution shows that this bright region is actually a group of at least four separate pieces. The HST images allow for the best separation of the individual nuclei and their surrounding halo of dust (comae), which results in a better estimate of the nuclear sizes.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:18 October 1993, 05:00
Size:1848 x 1519 px

About the Object

Name:Shoemaker-Levy 9
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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