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Comet Linear Fragments

Comet Linear Fragments

Depicts: Comet Linear, C/1999 S4
Copyright: Harold Weaver (the Johns Hopkins University), and the HST Comet LINEAR Investigation Team, University of Hawaii and NASA

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In one stunning Hubble picture the fate of the mysteriously vanished solid nucleus of Comet LINEAR has been settled. The Hubble picture shows that the comet nucleus has been reduced to a shower of glowing "mini-comets" resembling the fiery fragments from an exploding aerial firework.

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A ground-based telescopic view (2.2-meter telescope) of Comet LINEAR taken on August 5, at nearly the same time as the Hubble observations.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-May-2024 04:01 UT

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