Central parts of comet McNaught

Imaging of the central coma of Comet McNaught. Left: a raw image taken through a filter centred on the emission by CN gas. Middle: the CN image processed using the Larson-Sekanina algorithm to reveal spiral jets of gas from the nucleus. Right: A similarly processed image of the dust in the inner coma, showing a sunward plume and the dust being swept back into the tail. The tail direction is roughly downwards in these images, which are orientated with North up and have a field of view of 2.4 arcmin on a side.



About the Image

Release date:23 February 2007
Related releases:eso0707
Size:2393 x 798 px

About the Object

Name:Comet McNaught
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet : Coma
Category:Solar System

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