A Million Comet Pieces

A Million Comet Pieces
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun. The flame-like objects are the comet's fragments and their tails, while the dusty comet trail is the line bridging the fragments.

 

  • NASA-PIA08452

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  • Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech