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News Release 68 of 949

April 23, 2013 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-14

Hubble Captures Comet ISON

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Image: Enhanced Hubble Image of Comet ISON

Enhanced Hubble Image of Comet ISON

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This is a contrast-enhanced image produced from the Hubble images of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) to reveal the subtle structure in the inner coma of the comet. In this computer-processed view, the Hubble image has been divided by a computer model coma that decreases in brightness proportionally to the distance from the nucleus, as expected for a comet that is producing dust uniformly over its surface. ISON's coma shows enhanced dust particle release on the sunward-facing side of the comet's nucleus, the small, solid body at the core of the comet. This information is invaluable for determining the comet's shape, evolution, and spin of the solid nucleus.

Object Name: Comet ISON

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), and the Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team

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