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News Release 162 of 1051

July 2, 2013 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-24

Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks

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 observations on May 8, 2013, the comet was 3.8 astronomical units (354 million miles) from the Sun. The comet was 4.3 astronomical units (403 million miles) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 13229 by the Hubble Heritage Team, PI: Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, C. Christian, L. Frattare, W. Januszewski, M. Livio, J. Mack, and J. Sokol (STScI/AURA), and K. Noll (NASA/GSFC). High-level science products for these data are available from the MAST archive.
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): May 8, 2013
Filters: F350LP
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 2, 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.