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Before & after: Revealing Churyumov-Gerasimenko's jets

Filed under Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, comets, amateur image processing, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Before & after: Revealing Churyumov-Gerasimenko's jets
Before & after: Revealing Churyumov-Gerasimenko's jets
 
Adjusting the brightness of NavCam images reveals jets emanating from the comet. There are two jets clearly visible at the neck, but there is also a brighter background near the "body" of the comet at lower left, and a possible area of enhanced brightness to the right of the comet.

ESA / Rosetta / NavCam / Emily Lakdawalla

Here is a version of the image that has been processed to enhance the jets while maintaining the appearance of the comet nucleus:

Comet jets! NavCam view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 2, 2014

ESA / Rosetta / NavCam / Emily Lakdawalla

Comet jets! NavCam view of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 2, 2014
A four-image mosaic of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta on September 2, 2014 clearly shows at least two jets emanating from the "neck" region of the comet.

Original image data dated on or about September 2, 2014.

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