Hubble's Panoramic Picture of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, taken on May 17, 1994, with the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (WFPC-2) in wide field mode.

When the comet was observed, its train of 21 icy fragments stretched across 710 thousand miles (1.1 million km) of space, or 3 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. This required 6 WFPC exposures spaced along the comet train to include all the nuclei. The image was taken in red light.


HA. Weaver, T. ESmith ( Space Telescope Science Institute), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:7 July 1994, 06:00
Size:1024 x 480 px

About the Object

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

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