Comet Hale-Bopp, at a distance of nearly 2,000 million kilometres from the Sun

Comet Hale-Bopp, still active at a distance of nearly 2,000 million kilometres from the Sun. The photo is a colour composite of several exposures in different wavebands, obtained with the Wide-Field Imager (WFI) camera at the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory. Despite the very large distance from the Sun, the comet is still "active" — it continues to lose material, as demonstrated by the curved jet, and also possesses an enormous coma. The broad, fan-shaped extension in the tail direction (to the upper left) measures at least 2 million kilometres.

Crédit:

ESO

À propos de l'image

Identification:eso0108a
Type:Observation
Date de publication:6 mars 2001
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso0108
Taille:2826 x 1928 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:Comet Hale-Bopp
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Catégorie:Solar System

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2,4 Mio
JPEG taille écran
205,3 Kio

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