In January, Man-To Hui of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa Macau, and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to take five high-resolution photos of C/2014 UN271.Photo: NASA
In January, Man-To Hui of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa Macau, and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to take five high-resolution photos of C/2014 UN271.Photo: NASA
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Big or really really big? Chinese scientists measure the largest comet, coming from the edge of the solar system

  • Images of C/2014 UN271 – a comet 128km in diameter and completing an orbit of the sun every few million years – were captured by the Hubble Space Telescope
  • The exact size of a comet’s nucleus is difficult to establish because of its distance from Earth and the cloud called ‘coma’ surrounding it, astronomer says

In January, Man-To Hui of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa Macau, and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to take five high-resolution photos of C/2014 UN271.Photo: NASA
In January, Man-To Hui of the Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa Macau, and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to take five high-resolution photos of C/2014 UN271.Photo: NASA
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