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April 27, 2006 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-18

Hubble Provides Spectacular Detail of a Comet's Breakup


Video: Zoom into Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3

Running Time: 33 seconds

Zoom from a ground-based view of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3's fragments B, G and R to a close-up of fragment B. Observations taken April 18 to 20, 2006, with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys reveal that the fragment is continuing to break into smaller chunks. Several dozen house-sized "mini-fragments" are found trailing behind the main fragment.

Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon (STScI)

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