Rosetta’s ‘rubber ducky’ comet makes closest approach to Earth, will disappear for 200 years – Space November 12, 2021 – Space Saturday November 13, 2021

I saw this recently on Space Rosetta’s ‘rubber ducky’ comet makes closest approach to Earth, will disappear for 200 years. Slightly longer article, but here’s what I considered the first por.tion of the article. I thought it was a good Space Saturday post.

By Tereza Pultarova  November 12, 2021

Comet 67P was thrust into the media spotlight in 2014 after the arrival of Europe’s Rosetta mission and its companion, the Philae lander.

Comet 67P, which famously hosted the first-ever cometary lander in 2014, made its closest approach to Earth on Friday (Nov. 12). The comet, which is now bright enough to observe with amateur telescopes, will not come back to our planet for the next 200 years.

During its closest pass at 7:50 pm EST (0050 GMT), Comet 67P was at a distance of 39 million miles (62.8 million kilometres) from our planet, within the orbit of Mars, according to Astronomy Now

Nine days earlier, the comet passed perihelion, the closest point to the sun in its elliptical orbit around our star. At this point, the comet was about 112 million miles (181 million km) from the sun. 


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