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Image of the Day: The Awesome Core of Halley's Comet

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The European Space Agency's Giotto spacecraft captured this dramatic image of the nucleus of Halley's Comet when the craft flew by the famous wanderer in 1986. Debris from the comet is the source of tonight's Orionid meteor shower. Halley's Comet returns to the inner solar system once every 75 years. It's next appearance comes in 2061.

Source: European Space Agency

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Last visit was the year after my oldest daughter's birth. Never got a good look at it (the comet). I don't suppose i will catch it next time around. Great pic.

HA! you used my image!: http://wanderingspace.net/2006/11/wallpaper-comet-halley/

Worth mentioning i did clean it up in Photoshop but tried to minimally impact the reality of the image. The original had lots of artifacts and banding: http://wanderingspace.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/halley.jpg. So you can see I didn’t really alter any of the features… just attempted to remove things that aren’t there to begin with. BUT it is a hand rendering, not scientifically driven by actual data.

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