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HUBBLE OBSERVES COMET NEOWISE

26 Aug 2020, 02:54 UTC
HUBBLE OBSERVES COMET NEOWISE
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Hey Space Placers! Check out the view of Comet NEOWISE via the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This image of comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on August 8, 2020. Hubble’s image represents the first time a comet of this brightness has been photographed at such resolution after this close of a pass by the Sun. The two structures appearing on the left and right sides of the comet’s center are jets made up of ice sublimating from beneath the surface of the nucleus, with the resulting dust and gas being squeezed through at a high velocity. The jets emerge as cone-like structures, then are fanned out by the rotation of comet NEOWISE’s nucleus.CREDITS:NASA ESA, A. Pagan (STScI) and Q. Zhang (Caltech) Pretty impressive! More info here.SKY GUY IN VA

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