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About this Object
Object Name:
Comet ISON, C/2012 S1
Object Description:
At the time of the Hubble observations on May 8, 2013, the comet was 3.8 astronomical units (354 million miles) from the Sun. The comet was 4.3 astronomical units (403 million miles) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description:
The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 13229 by the Hubble Heritage Team, PI: Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, C. Christian, L. Frattare, W. Januszewski, M. Livio, J. Mack, and J. Sokol (STScI/AURA), and K. Noll (NASA/GSFC). High-level science products for these data are available from the MAST archive.
F350LP (long pass)
Exposure Date:
May 8, 2013
About this Image
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date:
July 2, 2013
This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of bluish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.