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News Release 170 of 1051

April 23, 2013 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-14

Hubble Captures Comet ISON

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)
Object Description: Comet
Distance: At the time of the Hubble observation, the comet was 4.15 astronomical units (386 million miles) from the Sun. The comet was 4.24 astronomical units (394 million miles) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 13198: J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), P. Lamy (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. A'Hearn and M. Kelley (University of Maryland), M. Knight (Lowell Observatory), T. Farnham (University of Maryland), and I. Toth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): April 10, 2013
Filters: F606W (V)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), and the Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team
Release Date: April 23, 2013
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.