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Fragment B of Comet SW-3

Image of the broken fragments surrounding Fragment B of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 observed with FORS1 on ESO's VLT in four filters (B, V, R, and I). As the telescope was tracking the comet, the stars appear as coloured trails, indicating the order in which the comet was observed in the different filters. North is up and East is to the left.

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About the Image

Id:eso0615a
Type:Observation
Release date:25 April 2006
Related releases:eso0615
Size:1957 x 1956 px

About the Object

Name:Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
420 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
554 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
657 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Infrared
I
768 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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