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March 27, 1996 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1996-14

Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake

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Image: Close-Up of Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake

Close-Up of Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake

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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.

Object Name: Comet Hyakutake

Image Type: Astronomical

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Montage Image: Inner Region Near Heart of Comet Hyakutake Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Inner Region Near Heart of Comet HyakutakePRC1996-14 The Region Around the Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake Image Type: Astronomical The Region Around the Nucleus of Comet Hyakutake Close-up of Fragments From Comet Hyakutake Image Type: Astronomical Close-up of Fragments From Comet Hyakutake

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