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Spectacular First view of Earth as Rosetta approaches home

Published by Matt on Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:17 pm via: source
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This spectacular image of Earth was acquired with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera from a distance of 633 000 km on 12 November 2009 at 13:28 CET by Rosetta.

First view of Earth as Rosetta approaches home. Credit: ESA

First view of Earth as Rosetta approaches home. Credit: ESA

The resolution is 12 km/pixel. The image is a part of a sequence of images taken every hour through one full rotation (24 hours). The movie will be published later.

Three images with an orange, green, and blue filter were combined to create this one. The illuminated crescent is centered roughly around the South Pole (South at the bottom of the image). The outline of Antarctica is visible under the clouds that form the striking south-polar vortex. Pack ice in front of the coastline with its strong spectacular reflection is the cause for the very bright spots on the image.

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Elliot Kulakow
"Pack ice in front of the coastline with its strong spectacular reflection is the cause for the very bright spots on the image" i think it's supposed to be specular not spectacular.
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