a rapid expansion event?

 

This is an  ESA Rosetta Navcam image of comet 67P/C-G taken on Feb 3 2015.

It may be just a trick of the light, so to speak :-), but from this perspective it sure looks like something popped, …well it does to me at least.

Rosetta_NAVCAM_comet_67P_20150203_mosaic_625g

The current view is that the lobed shape of this and other comets is a product of ‘binary contact’ but this view of the comet seems more indicative of separation than evidence of a contact event.

Picture: Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO License.

 

 

 

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