Evolution of comet Tempel 1

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eso_eso0523a July 14th, 2005

Credit: ESO

The images obtained at the VLT show that after the impact, the morphology of Comet Tempel 1 had changed, with the appearance of a new plume-like structure, produced by matter being ejected with a speed of about 700 to 1,000 km/h. This structure, however, diffused away in the following days, being more and more diluted and less visible, the comet taking again the appearance it had before the impact. Further images obtained with, among others, the adaptive optics NACO instrument on the Very Large Telescope, showed the same jets that were visible prior to impact, demonstrating that the comet activity survived widely unaffected by the spacecraft crash.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0523a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Comet Tempel 1
Subject - Solar System
Interplanetary Body > Comet

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Magenta VLT (NACO) Infrared (Near-IR) -
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ID
eso0523a
Subject Category
A.2.2  
Subject Name
Comet Tempel 1
Credits
ESO
Release Date
2005-07-14T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0523a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope
Instrument
NACO
Color Assignment
Magenta
Band
Infrared
Bandpass
Near-IR
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
1280.0, 539.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso0523a
Metadata Date
2009-01-20T10:42:48+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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