The Hubble Space Telescope is the gift that keeps on giving. It recently captured images of a disintegrating comet. Here’s more from Astronomy Now:
Comet fragmentation appears to be relatively common, but because such events happen quickly and unpredictably, it’s not yet known if it might be a dominant mechanism. Hubble’s images of Atlas may help resolve the mystery and shed light on whether the comet spun itself apart due to jets from sublimating ice… “This is really exciting, both because such events are super cool to watch and because they do not happen very often,” said Quanzhi Ye, leader of a second team using Hubble at the University of Maryland. “Most comets that fragment are too dim to see. Events at such scale only happen once or twice a decade.”
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