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Spinning comet

Spinning comet

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Spinning comet
This animation is available in 1920 x 1080 resolution; click here to download it (warning: 63 MB). It consists of 30 images of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's wide-angle camera at 1-minute intervals. Stars move past in the background; most of the dots that are not stars are likely cosmic ray hits. However, there are a few dots that move on straight lines from one image to the next, which are particles moving in the space around the comet. (They are visible only in the fully-enlarged version.)

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Original image data dated on or about September 10, 2014

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