Scientist Raphael Marschall from the MiARD project recently gave a talk to the Bern section of the ‘Astronomy on Tap’ movement that seeks to provide popular science talks with an astronomy theme to the general public in an informal setting. A video of his talk can be seen here, in which he summarises the reasons for studying comets, and his own research using results from the ROSETTA mission.
Posted in MiARD
The latest publication from the MiARD project has just been published in the journal Icarus.
On deviations from free-radial outflow in the inner coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko concerns the way material is transported away from the comet, and compares observations made with the OSIRIS camera to theoretical models of the outflow; the agreement between the models and the observations is good. At the time of writing this paper, the lead author, Selina-Barbara Gerig, was a masters student in the Planetary Imaging Group at the University of Bern. She is now pursuing a PhD, stil at the University of Bern.
The MiARD project has made public a virtual reality viewer (for use with Oculus Rift headsets) that shows off the high resolution shape model of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko derived by the project. The viewer (with slightly downsized shape model) can be downloaded from the project’s Publications and Downloads page. An option allows the geographical regions identified by Thomas et al (2015) Science 347(6220) aaa440-1 – aaa0440-6 to be shown.
Posted in Comets
The Royal Astronomical Society will host a meeting with the title From the Outer to the Inner Solar system: The Origin and Evolution of Comets on 9th February at Burlington House in London, UK. Attendance is free.