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Rosetta OSIRIS WAC image of comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Date: 27 March 2014
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Star field with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

This is Rosetta's first sighting of its target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in 2014.

It was taken with the OSIRIS Wide Angle Camera on 20 March and shows a wide field 25 times larger than the diameter of the Full Moon. The colour composite shows a background of hydrogen gas and dust clouds in the constellation Ophiuchus. The white box indicates the position of the close-up taken with the Narrow Angle Camera, with the comet appearing towards the top of this box, close to the bright globular star cluster M107. The image was taken from a distance of about 5 million kilometres to the comet.

More images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be found in the '67P - by Rosetta' collection.

Last Update: 28 July 2014

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