Close-Up of Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake
Close-Up of Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake
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News release ID: STScI-1996-14
Release Date: Mar 27, 1996
Image Use: Copyright
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This expanded view of the near-nucleus region is only 470 miles (760 km) across. The nucleus is near the center of the frame, but the brightest area is probably the tip of the strongest dust jet rather than the nucleus itself. Presumably, the nucleus surface lies just below this bright jet. Further analysis may allow scientists to disentangle the nucleus from its atmosphere (coma), presently its difficult to estimate the nucleus' size.

Astronomical, Comets, Hubble Telescope, Solar System