Comet Hyakutake (1996 B2)
1996 March 24 UT
Comet Hyakutake's rotation is captured in this pseudo-color
7 frame sequence obtained at intervals of approximately 54 minutes;
the rotation period is 6 hours and 16 minutes. Two dust jets are
visible -- a strong, primary jet which produces most of the coma,
and a much weaker jet originating on the other side of the nucleus.
Image enhancement was applied to remove the bulk radial fall-off and
strong asymmetries including the comet's tail.
Images obtained by David Schleicher and David Osip
using the Hall 42-inch (1.1-m) telescope at Lowell Observatory
with a red continuum narrowband filter (6840 A).
Trimmed image size: 16,000x16,000 km.
Processing and animation sequence by Laura Woodney,
Dennis Douglas, Clara Eberhardy, and David Schleicher.
Copyright 2001 Lowell Observatory
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