The Near-nucleus Environment in Comet Hyakutake

This photo is a reproduction of a 5-second R-filtre CCD exposure obtained by Chris Lidman (ESO) and Olivier Le Fevre (Observatoire de Meudon, France) on UT March 15.3, 1996, with the EMMI Multimode Instrument on the ESO 3.5-m New Technology Telescope (NTT). It has been image-processed by Stefano Benetti at ESO-Santiago and Olivier Hainaut at the ESO HQ in Garching. This image displays the asymmetric components of the coma structure near the cometary nucleus. It shows a major dust jet emerging from the nucleus at 1 arcsec distance (250 km projected) in the North-East quadrant and turning counterclockwise a few arcsec (about 1000 km projected) further out. This is the first image to show evidence of such a well delimited jet this close to the nucleus.

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About the Image

Id:eso9622a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 March 1996
Related releases:eso9622
Size:396 x 395 px

About the Object

Name:Comet Hyakutake
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
• X - Solar System

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