Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet near Earth

Posted by on Friday, May 13, 2016

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have captured images of Comet 252P/LINEAR just after it swept by Earth back on March 21.

It was one of the closest encounters between a comet and our planet.

The comet traveled within 5.3 million kilometers of Earth, or about 14 times the distance between our planet and the moon.

The comet will return to the inner solar system again in 2021.

Comet 252P/LINEAR is a periodic comet and near-Earth object discovered by the LINEAR survey on April 7, 2000. The comet is an Earth-Jupiter family comet, meaning that it passes quite close to both Earth and Jupiter. This causes its orbit to be perturbed frequently on an astronomical timescale.



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