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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Opposition surge comet

Filed under Rosetta and Philae, pretty pictures, comets, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, global views

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Opposition surge comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko seen by Rosetta OSIRIS with the big lobe in front during a "zero-phase" flyby on April 9-10 with the spacecraft positioned almost exactly between sun and comet (phase angle 0.9 degrees). This unique observing geometry reveals optical characteristics of the surface that cannot be seen otherwise.

ESA / Rosetta / MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS / UPD / LAM / IAA / SSO / INTA / UPM / DASP / IDA

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Original image data dated on or about April 9, 2016.

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