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Comet NEOWISE Survives Close Pass by the Sun

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Text, News From The Universe. August 26, 2020
 
Comet NEOWISE Survives Close Pass by the Sun.
 
Comet NEOWISE did not break apart after its close encounter with the Sun, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered.
 
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HUbble detected the comet's coma, a halo of dust and gas around its intact core, as well as two tails.
 
Researchers are studying the Hubble data to learn how the comet was affected by the Sun's heat.

Astronomers will work backward to determine what the ancient comet was originally made of...
 
Hoping to gain insight into the environment of the early solar system in which it formed.
 
This news was brought to you in part by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore MD.