A ground-based telescopic view (2.2-meter telescope) of Comet LINEAR taken on August 5. The comet appears as a diffuse elongated cloud of debris without any visible nucleus. Based on these images, some astronomers had concluded that the ices in the nucleus had completely vaporized, leaving behind a loose swarm of dust. Hubble's resolution was needed to pinpoint the remaining nuclei.
August 7th, 2000