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Hubble and wide-field ground based view of Comet 17P/Holmes

Hubble and wide-field ground based view of Comet 17P/Holmes

Date: 14 November 2007
Satellite: Hubble
Depicts: 17P/Holmes
Copyright: NASA,ESA, and H. Weaver (The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

The Hubble image at right, taken on 4 November, shows the heart of Comet 17P/Holmes. The central portion of the image has been specially processed to highlight variations in the dust distribution near the nucleus. About twice as much dust lies along the east-west direction (the horizontal direction) as along the north-south direction (the vertical direction), giving the comet a "bow tie" appearance.

The composite colour image at left, taken 1 November by an amateur astronomer shows the complex structure of the entire coma, consisting of concentric shells of dust and a faint tail emanating from the comet's right side.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Apr-2024 16:28 UT

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