Amazing Picture Of Rosetta Comet 67P Backlit By The Sun

Posted: Apr 2 2016, 2:32am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 2 2016, 2:49am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

See Rosetta Comet 67P When Backlit By the Sun
Enhanced NAVCAM image of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 27 March 2016, 329 km from the comet nucleus. The scale is 28 m/pixel and the image measures 28.7 km across. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
  • The Most Recent Photo of Rosetta’s Comet is Awesome

Everybody’s looking at it like there is no other. The most recent photo of Rosetta’s comet is awesome.

There is something almost otherworldly and mystical about space pics. Take the photograph of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it came to the fore recently. It was a gorgeous and glorious sight in itself.

This comet is renowned for being the landing target of the Philae spacecraft sometime back in contemporary history. Unfortunately, the Philae lander petered out before it could gather enough information about this mysterious shooting star.

However, the Rosetta orbiter that was responsible for landing the Philae spacecraft on the comet is still intact and functional. The Rosetta orbiter snapped the pic from a distance of 200 miles.

It was on an outbound trip that spanned 600 miles away from and back to the site of the original landing. Most comets are composed of ice and they send off trails of gas and dust in their wake.

This is dependent upon the heat they manage to generate in the process of their trips through space. The Rosetta orbiter was taking a backward look at the comet which was a familiar entity, according ESA.

Researchers are curious about the 67P comet and others of its kind. These comets were probably created at the beginning of our solar system’s evolution into what it is today.

The icy cores of such comets contain the molecules that were present in those earliest of times. Therefore, studying that ice is a surefire method of knowing in detail what sort of matter was present when the formation of the planets was taking place.

This procedure could be accomplished in two ways. One is by landing on the surface of the comet like the Philae spacecraft did. The other is via an analysis of its sublimation as the Rosetta orbiter did.

The image we received on earth recently is just plain wild in its beauty and the enigmatic aura it exudes. It was captured at a moment when the sun, the comet and the orbiter were in a unitary alignment with each other.

The comet seems to be lit up from its background like a performer on stage. It is truly mindblowing. The silhouette of the comet is bathed from its edges by a milky translucent light. The image reminds one of something out of a sci-fi media production such as Star Trek or the Star Wars Series.

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