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Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Comet ISON
universetoday.com ^ | April 23, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on

Posted on 04/23/2013 6:37:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Here’s our first good look at Comet (C/2012 S1) ISON. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this shot on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 634 million kilometers (394 million miles) from Earth. Later this year, this comet could become a brilliant object in the sky, perhaps 10 times brighter than Venus.

Astronomers say preliminary measurements from the Hubble images suggest that the nucleus of ISON is no larger than 4-6 km (3-4 miles) across.

The astronomers said this is remarkably small considering the high level of activity observed in the comet so far. Astronomers are using these images to measure the activity level of this comet and constrain the size of the nucleus, in order to predict the comet’s activity when it will come with 1.1 million km (700,000 miles) of the Sun on November 28, 2013.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 2012s1; comet; comet2012s1; cometc2012s1; cometison; greencomet; hst; hubble; hubbletelescope; ison

1 posted on 04/23/2013 6:37:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope provides a close-up look of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), as photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the sun. Credit:NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), and the Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team.
2 posted on 04/23/2013 6:39:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

I think I see Bruce Willis in there.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 6:40:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I think I see the planet from which it was exploded ...


4 posted on 04/23/2013 6:44:25 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: BenLurkin

Are they sure that’s a comet? It looks a lot like we’re stuck at the bottom of a well.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 6:51:10 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: BenLurkin; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ...

Thanks BenLurkin. This will probably be in an upcoming APoD anyway, so, preview for APoD members.


6 posted on 04/23/2013 6:53:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Considering how far away ISON is and how fast it is moving, I think getting this picture was quite an achievement.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 6:55:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SampleMan

Like your thinking!


8 posted on 04/23/2013 7:04:21 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

PING!!!

In case you missed it.


9 posted on 04/23/2013 8:14:39 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: SampleMan

Bottom of a well? Nah. I’m going to flatten myself against the tunnel wall and pray there’s enough clearance.


10 posted on 04/23/2013 8:29:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: BenLurkin

Videos about Comet ISON.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EpxmHdxEe8

Looks like Nov. 6th - 26th will be the best viewing dates before it goes around the opposite side of the Sun.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 8:46:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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