Skip Navigation: Avoid going through Home page links and jump straight to content
spacer spacer spacer
spacer spacer spacer
spacer
NASA Logo    + View the NASA Portal  
Near Earth Object Program
spacer
spacer spacer spacer
spacer
NEO Basics Search Programs Discovery Statistics Accessible NEAs News Frequently Asked Questions
spacer
spacer spacer spacer
spacer
Orbit Diagrams Orbit Elements Close Approaches Impact Risk Images Related LInks
spacer
spacer spacer spacer
spacer

IMAGES OF COMET HALLEY

halley1_s.jpg

Comet Halley
March 13-14, 1986

Composite Image of Halley's Nucleus

European Space Agency's Giotto probe returned 2333 images during the Comet Halley encounter of March 13-14, 1986. All were recorded before the closest approach of 596 km at 00:03:02 UTC on 14 March 1986; the last from a distance of 1180 km, 15 seconds before closest approach. This composite image highlights details on the nucleus and the dust jets emanating from the sunlit side.

Photo: MPAE, courtesy Dr H.U. Keller.

halley2_s.jpg

Comet Halley
March 13, 1986

Six Images of Halley's Nucleus

More images taken by Giotto. The six shown here range from 375 seconds (no. 3416) to 55 seconds (no. 3496) before closest approach.

Photo: MPAE, courtesy Dr H.U. Keller.

halley3_s.jpg

Comet Halley
March 14, 1986

Giotto false color image of the nucleus of comet Halley taken 95 seconds before closest approach from a distance of 6500 km. Closest approach distance was 596 km. The nucleus of the comet is roughly 16 x 8 x 8 km. It is one of the darkest, or least reflective, objects in the solar system, with an albedo of 0.03. (Giotto, 86-HC-145).

halley4_s.jpg

Comet Halley
March 14, 1986

Giotto Multicolor Camera clear filter image of the nucleus of Halley's comet taken from a distance of 20,160 km about 5 minutes before closest approach. Closest approach occurred 14 March 1986 at 00:03:02 UT at a distance of 596 km. The nucleus is about 16 x 8 x 8 km in size. Halley has an orbital period just over 76 years and will return in 2062. (Giotto, HMC 01814).

Menu
FIRST GOV   NASA Home Page Site Manager: Don Yeomans
Webmaster: Ron Baalke
Last Updated:
Feedback Credits Privacy Mailing List NASA