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Hubble captures comet NEOWISE

Hubble captures comet NEOWISE

Date: 21 August 2020
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE
Copyright: NASA, ESA, Q. Zhang (California Institute of Technology), A. Pagan (STScI), CC BY 4.0

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the closest images yet of the sky's latest visitor to make the headlines, comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, after it passed by the Sun. This colour image of the comet was taken on 8 August 2020.

The two structures appearing on the left and right sides of the comet's centre are jets of sublimating ice from beneath the surface of the nucleus, with the resulting dust and gas bring squeezed through at a high velocity. The jets emerge as cone-like structures, then are fanned out by the rotation of the comet's nucleus.

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Last Update: 3 September 2020
5-Dec-2023 11:35 UT

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