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Fragments Broken Off from Comet Hyakutake

Hubble Hyakutake fragments

Here we believe that we're seeing the remnants of a piece of the surface of the nucleus that broke off and then started disintegrating. If you look carefully at the above image, you should be able to see evidence for three distinct objects.

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Credit: H. A. Weaver, Johns Hopkins University, his HST observing team, and NASA.

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