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Mapping comet jets

Mapping comet jets


Date: 13 August 2015
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Map of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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The intricate appearance is caused by the unusual, double-lobed shape of this comet: the small lobe is shown at the centre of the map, while portions of the large lobe are shown to the left and right.

The blue points refer to possible origins, on the surface of the comet, of some of the dust jets recently observed by OSIRIS. The yellow line indicates the sub-solar line, which traces out the points on the surface where the Sun is directly overhead.

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
6-Dec-2021 17:30 UT

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