Hubble captures time-lapse of comet ISON
Posted By Jason Davis
05-07-2013 4:28 CDT
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a series of images showing Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) continuing its plunge toward the sun. In the resulting time-lapse video, ISON travels 34,000 miles in 43 minutes. That’s almost three times the speed of spacecraft in low-Earth orbit. You can clearly see the comet changing position relative to the background stars.
ISON is predicted to be a naked-eye comet this fall, becoming visible in November. It is a sungrazing comet, meaning it will dive perilously close to the sun as it reaches perihelion. Hubble snapped the images on May 8 using Wide Field Camera 3. The comet is shown in visible light using false color.