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October 5, 2010 03:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-35

Hubble Probes Comet 103P/Hartley 2 in Preparation for DIXI/EPOXI Flyby

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Comet 103/P Hartley 2
Object Description: Comet
Distance: At the time of the Hubble observation, the comet was 1.153 astronomical units (172 million km or 107 million miles) from the Sun. The comet was 0.218 astronomical units (32.6 million km or 20.2 million miles) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from proposal 12312: H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. A’Hearn (University of Maryland, College Park), N. Dello Russo (JHU/APL), P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), and S.A. Stern (Southwest Research Institute)
Instrument: STIS/CCD
Filters: F28x50LP
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Weaver (The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab)
Release Date: October 5, 2010
Color: This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of bluish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.