Stunning Rosetta pictures…

Rosetta is there and in orbit about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The pictures are stunning – see http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Highlights/Postcards_from_Rosetta and others here.

Great job after 30 years from conception, 20 years of planning and assembly, and 10 years getting into position to do this … I must admit I share Stuart’s frustration at the lack of images but if I’d been involved that long, I think I would like to look at the data myself first!

Ian B

PANSTARRS passes the Plough…

PANSTARRS path Apr 24 - May 18 small

If you fancy an observing challenge over the coming few weeks, there’s a faint comet drifting past the stars of The Plough. Visible in small telescopes and large binoculars at the moment, Comet PANSTARRS K1 is being observed and photographed by comet watchers around the world, and I’ve managed to capture it with my DSLR, so why not give it a go? Full guide on my blog…

http://waitingforison.wordpress.com/comet-c2012-panstarrs-k1/