August 12, 2014

HCN – Inner Coma Of C/2012 F6 (Lemmon)

Recent observations of comet Lemmon provided a 3-D view of the inner coma, including detailed mapping of the molecule HCN (made of one hydrogen, one carbon and one nitrogen), shown here, as well as HNC and formaldehyde.

Credit: Brian R. Kent / NRAO

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