Thursday, September 9, 2010

EXPOI Spies Comet 103P/Hartley (and other 103P images)

Comet 103P/Hartley 2 as imgaed by the re-purposed Deep Impact spacecraft EPOXI, image credit NASA.

The EPOXI mission, which sees the Deep Impact spacecraft fly by comet 103P/Hartley on November 4, has begun posting its images of the comet. They will start off posting an image a week, and will increase the frequency as the comet comes closer. Bookmark this link to check for updates.

It's interesting to compare the spacecraft image with some of the latest amateur images.

There is this wonderful colour image from Michael J├Ąger and a great image of the comet near a galaxy and nebula by Martin Gembec and finally a wide field view from Rob Kaufman in Victoria. They compare pretty weill to the spacecraft.


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