The unique rocky comet C/2014 S3 (PANSTARRS)

Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope, and the Canada France Hawai`i Telescope, show that C/2014 S3 (PANSTARRS) is the first object to be discovered that is on a long-period cometary orbit, but that has the characteristics of a pristine inner Solar System asteroid. It may provide important clues about how the Solar System formed.

This image of the comet was acquired using the Canada France Hawai`i Telescope.

Credit:

K. Meech (IfA/UH)/CFHT/ESO

About the Image

Id:eso1614c
Type:Observation
Release date:29 April 2016, 20:00
Related releases:eso1614
Size:1510 x 1510 px

About the Object

Name:C/2014 S3
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Category:Solar System

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