Here is my shot of this well studied Comet…read all of my post and follow the link for some real size perspective!!!
Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is a Jupiter-family comet, originally from the Kuiper belt,
with a current orbital period of 6.45 years, a rotation period of approximately 12.4 hours and a maximum velocity of 135,000 km/h.
Churyumov–Gerasimenko is approximately 4.3 by 4.1 km at its longest and widest dimensions.
67P was at its closest to the Earth on November 2 of 2021, it was at a distance of 38 million miles (61 million km).
That’s still between the orbits of Earth and Mars. And it’s 67P’s closest approach for the next 193 years, until the year 2214.
We have landed a space craft on this 67P Comet, it was the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission.
Comet 67P/C-G is one of the best-studied comets. The Rosetta Space Craft did rendezvous with the Comet in August of 2014.
By the end of that year, in a first, the mission had sent the Philae lander to the comet’s surface.
Our first extreme close-up look at a comets surface and activity, The Rosetta spacecraft traveled with the comet for two years.
To give you idea of the Comet’s Scale….click this link to see it against the city of Los Angeles, CA.
I captured my images of Comet 67P on 01-04-2022 at 04:19 UT to 04:46 UT from my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
It is shining at 9.8 magnitude in the constellation of Cancer, with a 5.5′ Coma, 67P is sporting a very nice tail too!
12 inch F4 TPO Newt. scope, Bisque ME mount, HAP Modified Canon 6D DSLR, ISO 800,
23 x 1 minute exposures Stacked in DDS(Comet Mode).
Canon Utility, DSS, Pixinsight, Adobe CS.