US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Rosetta shot a blizzard on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
In the fall of 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft completed its mission to study comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
On the Rosetta Osiris thematic site, there are 69,738 photos posted that the device sent over the years of its work: from the very first frame, where the comet is barely visible, to the last taken before the Rosetta collision with the celestial body.
In June 2016, the device, rotating in the orbit of a comet, photographed dust and ice particles floating around its surface. By combining several images in a video, scientists showed “cosmic snowfall.”
NASA explains that the brightest spots are rain of energetically charged particles, as well as a dense starry background in the direction of the constellation Big Dog.
The animation is composed of 33 consecutive shots taken over 25 minutes from a distance of about 13 kilometers from the comet.
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