PIA17483: Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks
 Target Name:  ISON
 Is a satellite of:  Unknown target/parent relationship
 Mission:  Hubble Space Telescope
 Product Size:  1008 x 935 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Space Telescope Science Institute
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA17483.tif (945.2 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA17483.jpg (115.3 kB)

Click on image above for all movie download options

Original Caption Released with Image:

Click here for animation of PIA17483
Click the image to play the animation

Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour. Unlike a firework, the comet is not combusting, but in fact is pretty cold. Its skyrocket-looking tail is really a streamer of gas and dust bleeding off the icy nucleus. The video shows a sequence of Hubble observations taken over a 43-minute span, compressed into just five seconds. The comet travels 34,000 miles during the exposure sequence.

Image Credit:

Image Addition Date: