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2014

2013

  • 11/7/2013 NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails STScI-2013-52 3. NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spout Six Comet-like Tails It's not often that astronomers stumble across a celestial interloper that they can only describe as "weird and freakish." Hubble researchers say they were "literally... (More)
  • 10/17/2013 Comet ISON Appears Intact STScI-2013-42 4. Comet ISON Appears Intact A new image of the sunward plunging Comet ISON taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on October 9, 2013, suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus... (More)
  • 7/25/2013 Galaxies, Comets, and Stars! Oh My! STScI-2013-31 5. Galaxies, Comets, and Stars! Oh My! In this Hubble Space Telescope composite image taken in April 2013, the sun-approaching Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful... (More)
  • 7/2/2013 Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks STScI-2013-24 6. Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks This July 4th, the solar system is showing off some fireworks of its own. Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour. (More)
  • 4/23/2013 Hubble Captures Comet ISON STScI-2013-14 7. Hubble Captures Comet ISON Comet ISON is potentially the "comet of the century" because around the time the comet makes its closest approach to the Sun, on November 28, it may briefly become brighter than the full Moon. (More)

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  • 11/15/2007 Hubble Zooms In on Heart of Mystery Comet STScI-2007-40 11. Hubble Zooms In on Heart of Mystery Comet NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has probed the bright core of Comet 17P/Holmes, which, to the delight of sky watchers, mysteriously brightened by nearly a millionfold... (More)

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  • 9/5/2003 Hubble Assists Rosetta Comet Mission STScI-2003-26 17. Hubble Assists Rosetta Comet Mission Results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope played a major role in preparing ESA's ambitious Rosetta mission for its new target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G). (More)

2001

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  • 8/7/2000 Hubble Discovers Missing Pieces of Comet Linear STScI-2000-27 19. Hubble Discovers Missing Pieces of Comet Linear To the surprise and delight of astronomers, the Hubble telescope discovered a small armada of "mini-comets" left behind from what some scientists had prematurely thought... (More)
  • 7/28/2000 Hubble Sees Comet Linear Blow its Top STScI-2000-26 20. Hubble Sees Comet Linear Blow its Top Lackluster comet LINEAR (C/1999 S4) unexpectedly threw astronomers a curve. Using the Hubble telescope, researchers were surprised to catch the icy comet in a brief, violent... (More)

1998

  • 3/27/1998 Comet Hyakutake STScI-1998-13 21. Comet Hyakutake The Hubble telescope has probed the inner regions of Comet Hyakutake. This picture captures sunlight scattered by dust particles in the comet's inner coma. ... (More)

1996

1995

  • 11/29/1995 HST's Greatest Hits 1990-1995 STScI-1995-49 23. HST's Greatest Hits 1990-1995 Hubble Space Telescope evokes a new sense of awe and wonder about the infinite richness of our universe in dramatic, unprecedented pictures of celestial objects. Like a traveler sharing... (More)
  • 10/10/1995 Hubble Sees Material Ejected from Comet Hale-Bopp STScI-1995-41 24. Hubble Sees Material Ejected from Comet Hale-Bopp These Hubble telescope pictures of comet Hale-Bopp show a remarkable "pinwheel" pattern and a blob of free-flying debris near its center. (More)
  • 6/14/1995 Hubble Identifies a Long-Sought Population of Comets Beyond Neptune STScI-1995-26 25. Hubble Identifies a Long-Sought Population of Comets Beyond Neptune The Hubble telescope has detected a long-sought population of comets dwelling at the icy fringe of the solar system. The observation, which is the astronomical... (More)
  • 3/4/1995 Comet Fragment Slams into Jupiter STScI-1995-15 26. Comet Fragment Slams into Jupiter In July 1994, 21 chunks of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which had broken apart a year earlier, slammed into Jupiter. The Hubble telescope recorded this spectacular event. ... (More)

1994

1990

  • 10/4/1990 Comet Levy STScI-1990-19 44. Comet Levy NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed the inner core surrounding the icy nucleus of Comet Levy more clearly than can be done with ground-based telescopes... (More)
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