The First Color Picture of Comet 67P is Gray

December 13, 2014 11:02 AM

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Surprisingly, the first color picture of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft depicts it even darker and more monochrome than previously expected. This picture puzzled many comet fans that thought a previous picture of the comet, in a reddish hue, would be the closest to reality.

The earlier image was released about one week ago and showed the 67P comet in a reddish color. Sebastien Besse, a European Space Agency (ESA) researcher, said that this image might not be accurate since it is a RGB image. RGB images can be easily altered by the camera’s settings to provide each chan...

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