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Outburst from Comet 9P/Tempel 1 as seen from Hubble
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- Title Outburst from Comet 9P/Tempel 1 as seen from Hubble
- Released 29/06/2005 11:14 am
- Copyright NASA, ESA, P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), and H. Weaver (Applied Physics Lab)
The Hubble Space Telescope was 120 million kilometres away from the comet when this image was taken by the high-resolution Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The telescope's views complement close-up images being taken by cameras aboard Deep Impact, which is speeding toward the comet.
This image, snapped at 14:15 (UT/GMT) on 14 June, reveals the 'jet' (the bright fan-shaped area). The jet extends about 2200 kilometres, which is roughly the distance from Copenhagen to Athens. It is pointing in the direction of the Sun.