Release 880 of 1,153

Comet Hyakutake

Release date: Mar 27, 1998 12:00 AM (EST)

The Hubble telescope has probed the inner regions of Comet Hyakutake. This picture captures sunlight scattered by dust particles in the comet's inner coma.

The coma is the head or dusty-gas atmosphere surrounding a comet's icy nucleus. This image will help astronomers understand the effects of sunlight on the comet's icy central region.