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Animation of Deep Impact close-approach images of Hartley 2
Filed under pretty pictures, comets, Deep Impact, amateur image processing, comet Hartley 2, global views, animation
About an hour after its closest approach of Hartley 2, Deep Impact downlinked five precious images taken during the nearest part of its flyby. The top two images were taken 82 and 16 seconds before closest approach, and the bottom three 18, 57, and 117 seconds after closest approach (image times are 13:58:07, 13:59:13, 13:59:47, 14:00:26, and 14:01:26 UTC on November 4, 2010). They show a very active comet with numerous jets.
NASA / JPL-Caltech / UMD / animation by Emily Lakdawalla
Original image data dated on or about November 4, 2010.
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