Hubble’s Observation of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on 20 April

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided astronomers with the sharpest view yet of the breakup of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS). The telescope resolved roughly 30 fragments of the comet on 20 April.

The comet was first discovered in December 2019 by the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) and its fragmentation was confirmed in April 2020.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA), Q. Ye (University of Maryland)

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Id:heic2008b
Type:Planetary
Release date:28 April 2020, 19:00
Related releases:heic2008
Size:1878 x 1104 px

About the Object

Name:C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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