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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.
F606W (V) and F814W (I)
Exposure Date:
April 30, 2013
About this Image
NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date:
July 25, 2013
Color: This image is a composite of separate exposures acquired by the WFC3/UVIS instrument. Several filters were used to sample various wavelengths. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are:
F606W (V) (of comet) grayscale
F606W (V) cyan/blue
F814W (I) red/orange