Rosetta blog: CometWatch 26 August

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Today’s CometWatch entrance is an picture of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta’s NAVCAM on 26 Aug 2015, about 415 km from a nucleus.


NAVCAM picture of Comet 67P/C-G taken on 26 Aug 2015, about 415 km from a comet centre. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

The scale is 35.4 m/pixel and a picture measures 36.2 km across. The contrariety was increasing to exhibit a full border of a comet’s activity.

This perspective shows a southern hemisphere of 67P/C-G, that had remained in dark for over 5 and a half years until seasons altered on a comet in May. Currently, a southern hemisphere is experiencing a brief summer, that will final about 10 months, until early 2016.

Ever since, several portions of a comet’s aspect that were formerly expel in shade were revealed, permitting scientists to brand 4 new regions on a iota of 67P/C-G.

In today’s CometWatch picture a incomparable of a dual comet lobes points adult and a smaller lobe down. On a vast lobe, tools of a recently identified segment Anhur are manifest during a centre, with Anubis and Atum on a right and Aker on a left. Of a other newly named regions, Khonsu is located towards a top corner of a vast lobe in this view, hints of Sobek can be seen on a neck, and Wosret is good in steer on a tiny lobe.

You can find a informal map here, to assistance find your approach around a southern hemisphere of a comet.

The strange 1024 x 1024 picture of today’s CometWatch is supposing below:


Source: Rosetta blog