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Mike Olason

Location of Photo:

Tucson, Arizona

Date/Time of photo:

24 May 2021, 10:14 UT


11" SCT and STF-8300M CCD Camera


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is best remembered for the European Space Agency Rosetta-Philae Lander Mission back in 2014-2016. In these images 67P is magnitude 17.2 and 205 million miles from Earth. In November 2021 the comet will make it's close approach to Earth at only 39 million miles and will also reach perihelion in it's 6.43 year orbit when it will be 112 million miles from the Sun, it may brighten to magnitude 9.