Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Comet C/2010 X1 Elenin in STEREO

Image Source, NASA STEREO.

On August 1, NASA rolled the STEREO Behind space craft and took a series of images out towards the constellation of Orion.

Even with the short imaging time of around an hour, comet Elenin was picked up as a fuzzy dot in the wide-field H2 instrument.

The spacecraft will undergo this series of rolls for about a week, when Elenin enters the nominal field of view of the higher resolution H1 instrument.

See the STEREO site for more details and animations, and Leonid Elenin has a nice GIF animation of his comet in STEREO.

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