Halley - Giotto

False color image of the nucleus of Comet Halley

Halley
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)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1986-03-14 T 00:01:27
Distance/Range (km): 6500.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view, nucleus
Instrument: Halley Multicolor Camera (HMC)
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 390 x 292
Instrument Field of View (deg): 1.5 x 1.5
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: HAL_0025 (raw images)
NASA Image ID number: 86-HC-145
Other Image ID number: #3443, HMC02000 (raw image)
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 85-056A-00D
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): NSD XD-B3A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 18 March 2003, DRW.