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Approaching perihelion

Approaching perihelion


Date: 13 August 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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This series of images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 12 August 2015, just a few hours before the comet reached the closest point to the Sun along its 6.5-year orbit, or perihelion.

The image at left was taken at 14:07 GMT, the middle image at 17:35 GMT, and the final image at 23:31 GMT.

The images were taken from a distance of about 330 km from the comet. The comet's activity, at its peak intensity around perihelion and in the weeks that follow, is clearly visible in these spectacular images. In particular, a significant outburst can be seen in the image captured at 17:35 GMT.

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

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Last Update: 1 September 2019
29-Nov-2021 23:53 UT

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