Detection of a Satellite Orbiting The Nucleus of Comet Hale–Bopp (C/1995 O1)

@article{Sekanina1997DetectionOA,
  title={Detection of a Satellite Orbiting The Nucleus of Comet Hale–Bopp (C/1995 O1)},
  author={Z. Sekanina},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
  year={1997},
  volume={77},
  pages={155-163}
}
  • Z. Sekanina
  • Published 1997
  • Physics
  • Earth, Moon, and Planets
  • This paper reports on the detection of a satellite around the principal nucleus of comet Hale-Bopp. As shown elsewhere, a successful morphological model for the comet's dust coma necessitates the postulation of overlapping jet activity from a comet pair. The satellite has been detected digitally on images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in the planetary mode on five days in May–October 1996. An average satellite-to-primary signal ratio is 0.21 ± 0.03, which… CONTINUE READING