Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko Is As Grey As Its Name Is Difficult To Pronounce.

Admittedly, my Russian is rusty, but these names, I think, even native speakers are baffled by the names.  The comet named after them is apparently as bland as it is difficult to pronounce.

comet 67P in colour

The latest image released, and the first color image, of the comet shows a dark grey mass floating in space.  The image was taken using the Osiris camera and standard astrophotography LRGB filters, or Light, Red, Green and Blue.

According to the Osiris camera team: “As it turns out, 67P looks dark grey, in reality almost as black as coal.”

The image is pretty spectacular in the scientific sense because of all the different angles and orbits that Rosetta had to do to get the images.  67P is tumbling through space as Rosetta orbits it, so the degree of difficulty in getting all the images aligned is impressive.

67P spins with a rotation period of approximately 12.4 hours and is heading toward the Sun at about 84,000 mph or 135,000 km/h (38 km/s).

My hat’s off to the Osiris team at the Max Plank institute for the good work, but, in this case, adjusting your set will have no discernible affect on your picture.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +, or by email.

Norman

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