Year at a comet, April 2015 - NavCam, enhanced
With Rosetta flying trajectories beyond 100 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in April 2015, the extent of the increasing activity could be monitored. In this image, taken on 16 April from a distance of 124 km, the activity can most clearly be seen rising from the small comet lobe, although a faint nebulosity surrounds much of the nucleus.
The 1 km-diameter Hatmehit depression can just be made out towards the top of the image on the comet's small lobe, while the ridge separating the Seth and Anubis regions is accentuated by shadows on the large lobe. The small lobe is also casting its rugged outline as a shadow onto the large lobe.
The image scale is 10.6 m/pixel and the image measures 10.8 km across.
The image has been cleaned to remove the more obvious bad pixels and cosmic ray artefacts, and intensities have been scaled. It has been enhanced to bring out details of the comet's activity. The original image is available here.
This image is one of 12 featured in our "Year at a comet" image collection and has not been previously published.
More images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko can be found in the '67P - by Rosetta' collection.
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