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August 7, 2000 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2000-27

Hubble Discovers Missing Pieces of Comet Linear

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Comet LINEAR; C/1999 S4;
(LINEARLincoln Laboratory Near-Earth Asteroid Research)
Object Description: Comet
Distance : On August 5, 2000 the comet was at a distance of 64 million miles (102 million km) from Earth.
About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: August 2000
Exposure Time: 1.7 hours

F675W (R)

Principal Astronomers:

Comet LINEAR investigation team: H. Weaver and P. Feldman (JHU), M. A'Hearn (Univ. of Maryland), C. Arpigny (Liege Univ.), J. Bauer (Univ. of Hawaii), M. Combi (Univ. of Michigan), J. Davies (Joint Astronomy Centre), M. Festou (Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees), M. Keesey (JPL), P. Lamy (Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale), C. Lisse (STScI), B. Marsden (SAO), K. Meech (Univ. of Hawaii), Z. Sekanina (JPL) , I. Toth (Konkoly Observatory) , G.-P. Tozzi (Arcetri Observatory), D. Yeomans (JPL).

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA, Harold Weaver (the Johns Hopkins University), and the HST Comet LINEAR Investigation Team
Release Date: August 7, 2000 12:00 noon (EDT)
Orientation: Hubble Sees Mini-comet Fragments from Comet Linear