Hubble Takes Close-Up Look At Disintegrating Comet

Hubble Takes Close-Up Look At Disintegrating Comet
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FOR RELEASE: 1:00 pm (EDT) September 15, 2016 RELEASE: STScI-PR16-35 HUBBLE TAKES CLOSE-UP LOOK AT DISINTEGRATING COMET Newswise — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured one of the sharpest, most detailed observations of a comet breaking apart, which occurred 67 million miles from Earth. In a series of images taken over a three-day span in January 2016, Hubble revealed 25 building-size blocks made of a mixture of ice and dust that are drifting away from the comet at a leisurely pace, roughly the walking speed of an adult. The observations suggest that the roughly 4.5-billion-year-old comet, named 332P/Ikeya-Murakami, or Comet 332P, may be spinning so fast that material is ejected from its …

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