View Full Version : Spectacular Celestial Fireworks Commemorate Perihelion Passage of Rosetta’s Comet

2015-Aug-16, 07:50 PM
A spectacular display of celestial fireworks like none ever witnessed before, burst forth from Rosetta’s comet right on time – commemorating the Europeans spacecraft’s history making perihelion passage after a year long wait of mounting excitement and breathtaking science. As ESA’s Rosetta marked its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) at exactly 02:03 GMT on […]

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Jeff Root
2015-Aug-16, 09:52 PM
It looks like the last frame of that 17-frame animation is a
distorted version of the first frame. Some parts of the comet
nucleus are stretched out, like the pieces of a mosaic were
put together differently. Otherwise the two images are nearly
identical. I noticed because once it finished downloading, the
comet seemed to rotate slightly backwards in one frame.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis