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This image shows Comet Linear brightening when it blew off part of its crust. Clicking on this image will show you the Hubble Space Telescope's chronicle of the outburst.
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Courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, and H. Weaver at Johns Hopkins University

Comet Linear

Astronomers discovered a new comet on September, 27 1999. Its name is Comet Linear. If you found a comet, what would you name it?

Scientists aren't sure if Comet Linear has ever been to our solar system before and they are not sure if it'll ever return. If the comet does return, it may be millions of years from now!

Something exciting happened while the Hubble Space Telescope was tracking the comet. Comet Linear blew off a piece of its crust. That explosion really brightened things up! You can see the pictures the Hubble Telescope took just to the left.

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