Hubble Captures Comet NEOWISE

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the closest images yet of the sky’s latest visitor to make the headlines, comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, after it passed by the Sun. This color image of the comet was taken on 8 August 2020.

The two structures appearing on the left and right sides of the comet's center are jets of sublimating ice from beneath the surface of the nucleus, with the resulting dust and gas bring squeezed through at a high velocity. The jets emerge as cone-like structures, then are fanned out by the rotation of the comet's nucleus.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, Q. Zhang (California Institute of Technology), A. Pagan (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic2015a
Type:Planetary
Release date:21 August 2020, 19:00
Related releases:heic2015
Size:1024 x 1024 px

About the Object

Name:NEOWISE
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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