Detail View: NASA Hubble Space Telescope Collection: Hubble Provides Spectacular Detail of a Comet's Breakup

Title: 
Hubble Provides Spectacular Detail of a Comet's Breakup
Object Name: 
Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3
Acknowledgement: 
*Credit:* NASA [ http://www.nasa.gov/ ], ESA [ http://www.spacetelescope.org/ ], H. Weaver (APL/JHU), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI [ http://www.stsci.edu/ ])
Fast Facts: 
Technical facts about this news release: About the Object Object Name: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Object Description: Comet Distance from the Sun on April 18, 2006: 1.17 Astronomical Units (AU) or 108 million miles (173 million kilometers) Distance from the Earth on April 18, 2006: 0.22 Astronomical Units (AU) or 20 million miles (32 million kilometers) About the Data Data Description: These HST data are from proposal 10992: H.A. Weaver (JHU/APL), P.Lamy (Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale, Marseille, France) , C. Lisse (University of Maryland), W. Reach (Caltech), and I.Toth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Instrument: ACS/WFC Exposure Date(s): April 18 - 20, 2006 Exposure Time: 2.3 hours Filters: F606W ("V") About the Image Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI) Release Date: April 27, 2006 Orientation: Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 - Fragment B - HST: Apr. 18, 2006 [ http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2006/18/images/b/formats/compass_large_web.jpg ]
note: 
*Description*: Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys image of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 fragment B on April 19, 2006.
facet_what: 
Advanced Camera for Surveys
facet_where: 
France
facet_when: 
April 18, 2006
facet_when_year: 
2006
UID: 
SPD-HUBBLE-STScI-2006-18f
original url: 
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2006/18/image/f/
Release Date: 
April 27, 2006 01:00 PM (EDT)