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STEREO Spies Comet McNaught
STEREO Spies Comet McNaught
29 Jan 2007
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

STEREO imaging of McNaught coma.
STEREO imaging of McNaught coma.
An instrument on one of NASA's two new STEREO spacecraft has captured an unprecedented view of one of the brightest comets of the last 40 years.

A movie and still image of Comet McNaught, with caption, are available on the STEREO website at http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/highlight.shtml

The files in various sizes and formats also can be found on STEREO's FTP site:

ftp://sohoftp.nascom.nasa.gov/incoming/steele/Transfers/Highlights

They will remain there for about a week.

STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). This two-year mission will employ two nearly identical space-based observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind - to provide the first-ever stereoscopic measurements to study the Sun and the nature of its coronal mass ejections, or CMEs.

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