Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A comet near, a comet far

Two different cometary perspectives, one from Rosetta and one from the Earth's surface.

The first is of Comet Lovejoy, as it passes by a nice spiral galaxy (at left, in that tail).

The second is from Rosetta, showing bright jets from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  In just a couple of days, on Valentine's Day, Rosetta will swoop in and come only 6 km from the comet's surface. Those will be some great pictures.

These are amazing times we live in.

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