ISON Trail Debrie

12-02-13 – Riding a Trail of Debris – This image taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows the comet Encke riding along its pebbly trail of debris (long diagonal line) between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. This material actually encircles the solar system, following the path of Encke’s orbit. Twin jets of material can also be seen shooting away from the comet in the short, fan-shaped emission, spreading horizontally from the comet.

www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA07222

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