Comet C/ISON was imaged with the Hubble Space Telescope on April 10 using the Wide Field Camera 3, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter: 386 million miles (621 million kilometers) from the Sun and 394 million miles (634 million kilometers) from the Earth.
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During that time, it has benefited from a slew of upgrades from space shuttle missions, including the 2009 addition of a new imaging workhorse, the high-resolution Wide Field Camera 3 that took the new portrait of the Horsehead.
The pictures were formed by images from Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and its near-infrared Wide Field Camera 3, which were combined to form the XDF.
The images, taken from January to May with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3, show a bizarre X-shaped object, the likes of which astronomers and Jupiter.
The image, which shows starlight eroding pillars of gas and dust, highlights the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3's capabilities, Livio says.
The Wide Field Camera 3 uses infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye, with wavelengths about twice as long as visible light.
Among the new equipment is the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3, both of which will contribute to the next generation of stunning images from on high.
On Thursday, the telescope's Wide Field Camera was replaced, giving the telescope an even deeper view into space-and thus into the history of the Universe.