Comet ISON, October 2013

Comet ISON, October 2013

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This image is part of the feature Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary

Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), as observed on 9th October 2013 by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This comet was discovered on 21 September 2012 by the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON). Here, it is inside Mars' orbit, 285 million kilometres from Earth. It will pass close to the Sun in November 2013, increasing greatly in brightness.

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