National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Mauna Kea's Giant Eyes Reunite Comet Families

| Science

Coordinated observations of the collision of NASA's Deep Impact mission with comet 9P/Tempel 1 by the Subaru, Gemini and Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea delivered surprising new insights into the ancestry and life-cycles of comets. Specifically, materials beneath the comet's dusty skin shows striking similarities between two families of comets where no relationship had been suspected.


More info: Subaru telescope web page