Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Towering Cliffs of Comet 67/P

Hey Space Placers!

You owe it to yourself to see this picture.

Stunning is not even close to describe what we are seeing. These cliffs are a kilometer tall and are located on a COMET! The detail in this picture is amazing as we can see texture in the cliffs, boulders on the surface, smooth areas……I could go on and on.

I am so looking forward to seeing how this comet will change as it gets closer to the Sun and begins to sublimate its material out into space.

The Rosetta spacecraft will swoop down to within just 4 miles (!) of the comet in February.  If this is done successfully the pictures we see will be capable of showing detail that is INCHES across - wow.

I'm hoping the weather clears so I can get some pics of Comet Lovejoy which continues to brighten and may grace our skies in early January.

Sky Guy in VA

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