National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

More Fragments Discovered in Comet Schwassman-Wachmann 3 Nucleus

| Science


Precise analysis of a high-resolution image of Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 (SW3) taken in May 2006 by the Subaru Telescope, reveals that one chunk called Fragment B is split into at least 50 fragments. This is well more than the 13 estimated when the image was first released in 2006.


More info: Subaru telescope web page