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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Hubble View of Comet ISON

Filed under pretty pictures, animation, comets, Hubble Space Telescope

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This time-lapse sequence of images from the Hubble Space Telescope shows comet ISON as it appeared on May 8, 2013. At the time the images were taken, the comet was 403 million miles from the Earth, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The Hubble observations were made during a 43-minute span, and then compressed into a five-second sequence. The comet travels 34,000 miles in this video.

NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about May 8, 2013

 

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