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September 15, 2016 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2016-35

Hubble Takes Close-up Look at Disintegrating Comet

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami
Object Description: Short-period comet
Position (J2000): The position of the comet changes as it and Earth travel on their orbits through the solar system.
Distance: The comet was approximately 0.68 AU (67 million miles or 100 million kilometers) from Earth at the time of these observations.
About the Data
Data Description: Data were provided through HST proposal 14474: D. Jewitt (UCLA), M. Mutchler (STScI), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), J. Agarwal (MPI), M.-T. Hui (UCLA), M. Ishiguro (Seoul National Univ.), J. Li (UCLA), and J. Kleyna, K. Meech, R. Wainscoat, and R. Weryk (Univ. Hawaii).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): January 26, 27, 28, 2016
Exposure Time: 100 minutes total exposure
Filters: F350LP 350nm long pass
Color: Several images of Comet 332P were made by HST's WFC3/UVIS instrument on three consecutive days with a single filter, F350LP. The exposures from each day were combined into a single image. Color was added to the combined grayscale images using a color mapping.
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Orientation: Comet 332P Annotated Compass Image