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News Release 416 of 961

July 4, 2005 04:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-17

Hubble Captures Deep Impact's Collision with Comet

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Deep Impact Space Probe Collides With Comet
Object Name: 9P/Tempel 1
Object Description: Periodic Comet
Distance: The comet was approximately 0.91AU (136 million km, 85 million miles) from Earth and approximately 1.51AU (224 million km, 139 million miles) from the Sun at the time of these exposures.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposals 10456: P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), M. A'Hearn (University of Maryland), M. Belton (National Optical Astronomy Observatories), K. Meech (University of Hawaii), H. Weaver (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date: July 4, 2005
Filter: F606W (V)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University) and H. Weaver (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Release Date: July 4, 2005

 

 

About the Object
Hubble Images Comet Tempel 1 Just Before Deep Impact Probe Arrives
Object Name: 9P/Tempel 1
Object Description: Periodic Comet
Distance: The comet was approximately 0.86AU (129 million km, 80 million miles) from Earth and approximately 1.51AU (224 million km, 139 million miles) from the Sun at the time of these exposures.
Dimensions: The comet's nucleus is approximately 5-6 km (3-4 mi) in diameter. It is not resolved in the HST images.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from Hubble Heritage proposal 10095: K. Noll (STScI), P. Royle (STScI), P. Feldman (JHU), L. McFadden (University of Maryland), H. Weaver (JHU APL), H. Bond (STScI), C. Christian (STScI), L. Frattare (STScI) Z. Levay (STScI), F. Hamilton (CSC/STScI), A. Lubenow (STScI), M. Mutchler (STScI) and W. Januszewski (STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): June 30, 2005
Exposure Time: 34.5 minutes
Filters: F435W (B), F625W (r)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 4, 2005
Dimensions: The image is 3.1 arcminutes wide, approximately 120,000 km (74,000 mi) at the distance to the comet.
Orientation: Hubble Images Comet Tempel 1 Just Before Deep Impact Probe Arrives