Hubble observes Comet Holmes

The Hubble Space Telescope has just released an image of Comet 17P/Holmes. The image is not much over 30'' across and the resolution means that the HST can make out features only 54 kilometres across. It was taken on 4th November. Go to the press release to find out more.

Comet 17P/Holmes
The Hubble image, taken on 4 Nov. 2007, 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. CREDIT: NASA,ESA, and H. Weaver (The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Thursday 15th Nov 2007 (15:48 GMT) | Permalink
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