September 16, 2014

Strange shining object near Comet 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko

On September 10, 2014, the European Space Agency released an image of Comet 67P taken by the Rosetta space probe, which currently is orbiting and mapping the comet.

The image shows a strange shining circular object that seems to float on the surface of the comet.

Though there is no explanation for this shining object, it is assumed that the anomaly is just a camera glitch…

 

ESA’s Rosetta orbiter has now moved in so close to its comet quarry that the primordial body overwhelms the screen, and thus its snapping mapping mosaics to capture the complete scene of the bizarre world so it can find the most suitable spot for the momentous Philae landing – upcoming in mid-November. Continue reading including more images at univeretoday

Below a high resolution view of a part of the comet. The navcam image was taken from a distance of 61 km from comet 67P.

An amazing High Resolution large size 2048x2048 at: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1409/cometCG01_rosetta_2048.jpg

3 comments:

  1. "A strange shining circular object that seems to float on the surface of the comet"??? That description is stranger than the object itself! What it seems to be is the shiny top of a cylinder with a hole in front from which a black wavy something is coming out (or it's going in, or just hanging and "blowing in the wind" like a rag, where there's no wind, I guess). If this other description sounds even crazier then I'm sorry. I don't see how anyone could improve it. The fact that the cylinder is perfectly vertical is surprising.

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    1. Of course there's wind. Have you never seen a comet tail?

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