Comets and Asteroids
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COMET-GALAXY ENCOUNTER: Where does the comet stop and the galaxy begin? There's no clear dividing line in this picture of Comet Pan-STARRS and the Andromeda Galaxy taken last night by Vesa Vauhkonen of Rautalampi, Finland. In fact, no physical contact has occured. The comet is still in the solar system while the pinwheel star system is 2.5 million light years away.
Ceres Awaits Dawn | Galleries - NASA Solar System Exploration
Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel.
Rosetta images reveal the Millennium Falcon on a comet
A comet that originated far, far away appears to be transporting a new traveler. Images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken by the Rosetta probe over the summer, revealing rocky and smooth terrain - and a formation that looks similar to the Millennium Falcon