Comet clones

Comet clones

Fig. 14.21 . The splitting of the nucleus of comet West (1976 VI) photographed (top to bottom) on 8, 12, 14, 18 and 24 March 1976, in yellow-green light using a 0.60-meter (23.6-inch) Cassegrain reflector. On 18 March, the diameter of the four features was about 10 thousand kilometers. (Courtesy of C. Knuckles and S. Murrell, New Mexico State University Observatory.)

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