Archive for July 29th, 2011

First image of comet Elenin from the Space

LATMOS / IPSL

The first image of the comet Elenin from the spacecraft was received on July 22, by SWAN instrument (Solar Wind Anisotropies), installed on the SOHO space solar observatory. The comet was detected on the images from July 22 by Vladimir Bezugly.

Image resolution is small, but comet is visible in the coordinates – 160 0 (slightly right from the center of image). Images taken at distance about 240,000,000 km (1.6 AU). I would like to remind you, that two days later, comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) will be in 32 times closer to the other spacecraft – STEREO-B.

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