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Astron. Astrophys. 337, 945-954 (1998)

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1. Introduction

We recently demonstrated for the case of comet 4P/Faye that the high spatial resolution afforded by the HST makes it possible to discriminate between light reflected by the nucleus and light reflected by dust in the coma for comets passing reasonably close to the earth (Lamy and Toth, 1995). We now report the successful detection of the nucleus of comet 19P/Borrelly using the WFPC2, an instrument that corrects for the effects of HST's spherical aberration.

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Online publication: August 27, 1998
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