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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

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Object Description: Comet
Distance from the Sun
on April 18, 2006:
1.17 Astronomical Units (AU) or 108 million miles (173 million kilometers)
Distance from the Earth
on April 18, 2006:
0.22 Astronomical Units (AU) or 20 million miles (32 million kilometers)
About the Data
Data Description: These HST data are from proposal 10992: H.A. Weaver (JHU/APL), P.Lamy (Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale, Marseille, France) , C. Lisse (University of Maryland), W. Reach (Caltech), and I.Toth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): April 18 - 20, 2006
Exposure Time: 2.3 hours
Filters: F606W (V)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)
Release Date: April 27, 2006
Orientation: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 - Fragment B - HST: Apr. 18, 2006