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Distant comet between flybys

Distant comet between flybys

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Distant comet between flybys
Following its February 14 close flyby, Rosetta receded to 255 kilometers away from comet Churymov-Gerasimenko. It took this photo as it was returning closer to the comet again, on February 18, from a distance of 198 kilometers. The comet wears a crown of erupting gas and dust. The noisy background is a combination of detector noise, background stars, and grains of material ejected from the comet, which are sometimes captured as streaks.

Some ESA images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO license, as explained here.

Original image data dated on or about February 18, 2015

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