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Year at a comet, May 2015 - NavCam

Year at a comet, May 2015 - NavCam

Date: 06 August 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

This image, taken on 4 May 2015 from a distance of 148 km, shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from an unusual angle. The small lobe is to the right of the image with the large lobe to the left, with much of the rugged Atum and part of the smoother Anubis regions on display. Hints of the Imhotep region can be seen, but it is largely cast in shadow, adding to the dramatic feel of the image.

Meanwhile activity can be seen all around the sunlit side of the comet, with streams of dust-laden gas appearing from both its large and small lobes.

The image scale is 12.6 m/pixel and the image measures 12.9 km across.

The image has been cleaned to remove the more obvious bad pixels and cosmic ray artefacts, and intensities have been scaled. Another version of this image, which has been enhanced to bring out details of the comet's activity, 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.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License. Creative Commons License

Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Apr-2024 03:58 UT

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