A star-studded dust storm on a comet: stunning visuals from the Rosetta probe
It’s a dusty one out there on the comet 67/P Chuyurmov-Gerasimenko - at least, according to this incredible stabilized animation of still images transmitted by Rosetta, the European Space Agency’s intrepid comet-chaser. Rosetta’s mission has been complete since 2016 and the archives were made publicly available as of this summer; perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone found a way to make them even more amazing. Thanks to some clever processing by Twitter user @landru79, a photo series has been turned into a gorgeous silent clip of space scenery, complete with distant snowfall (the lush star-studded background) and flurries (dust and ice flakes in the foreground). It’s a rare and dazzling glimpse of a perspective almost out of reach of the human imagination.