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Color photograph of comet 67P released

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2014 · Comment icon 7 comments

Color photograph of comet 67P taken by the Rosetta spacecraft. Image Credit: ESA
For the first time Rosetta's new home can be viewed in full color, even though there isn't much of it.
Recent Internet rumors had opened up the possibility that comet 67P, the destination of ESA's Rosetta spacecraft and its companion lander Philae, might have exhibited a distinctly reddish hue.

Now however the release of the first ever color photograph of the comet has revealed that it has very little color to it at all and that it doesn't even look much different to the existing black and white photographs taken by Rosetta over the last few months.

"As anticipated, the comet turns out to be very grey indeed, with only slight, subtle colour variations seen across its surface," the European Space Agency wrote on its website.
The rumors about the comet's reddish hue however may have had at least some merit.

"A more-detailed first analysis nevertheless reveals that the comet reflects red light slightly more efficiently than other wavelengths," ESA wrote. "This is a well-known phenomenon observed at many other small bodies in the Solar System and is due to the small size of the surface grains."

"That does not, however, mean that the comet would look red to the human eye."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Well, that was certainly anti-climactic!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dewrot 9 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Oxo1 9 years ago
Looks quite impressive in charcoal gray, what a strange looking object.
Comment icon #4 Posted by spud the mackem 9 years ago
Its about time it had a new coat of paint
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Looking at the pic, did the comet break into 2 pieces? Maybe just a shadow effect, I guess.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 9 years ago
Looking at the pic, did the comet break into 2 pieces? Maybe just a shadow effect, I guess. It is a shadow effect. But it is entirely possible that the comet is made from two different comets, that collided with eachother. Had the collision been just a little harder, we would not be looking at a comet, but a meteor shower ! (PS: Yes I know that it wouldn't be a meteor shower unless it entered Earths athmosphere, but you get the picture. )
Comment icon #7 Posted by Atuke 9 years ago
Harry Stamper caused the crevice and is in fact breaking up the comet as we speak to keep us from ARMAGEDDON!

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