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About this Object

Object Name:

Comet 9P/Tempel 1

Object Description:



The comet was approximately 0.9AU (134 million km, 83 million miles) from Earth and approximately 1.5AU (224 million km, 139 million miles) from the Sun at the time of these exposures.


The comet's nucleus is approximately 5-6 km (3-4 mi) in diameter. It is not resolved in the HST images.

About the Data

Data Description:

The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposal 10095: K. Noll (STScI), P. Royle (STScI), P. Feldman (JHU), L. McFadden (University of Maryland), H. Weaver (JHU APL), H. Bond (STScI), C. Christian (STScI), L. Frattare (STScI) Z. Levay (STScI), F. Hamilton (CSC/STScI), W. Januszewski (STScI), A. Lubenow (STScI), M. Mutchler (STScI).



Exposure Date:

June 30, 2005

Exposure Time:

30 minutes


F435W (B) and F625W (r)


The image is 3.1 arcminutes wide, approximately 120,000 km (74,000 mi) at the distance to the comet.

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

July 4, 2005