Monday, August 22, 2011
Comet Elenin in STEREO H1B (August 16 and 17)
Comet Elenin is passing across the STEREO H1B field of view fading as it goes. The comet is actually brighter on the 16th than the 17th, despite what it looks like in the image, as the corona was much brighter on the 16th, and washed out the comet when I increased the brightness. I've made a little AVI animation of the August 17 images (1 Mb).
Some recent Earth-bound images of Elenin are here and here.
It is the same reason why the European space agency would have absolutely nothing on comet Elenin.
They do not WANT (a choice) to do anything about Him
Their focus is on their space missions, when they talk about comets, it's the ones their spacecraft are going to, like the Rosetta mission
ESA's budget for outreach is also much smaller than NASA's and it ha much less general information (and updates its spacecraft status) much more rarely than NASA.
-- Kevin Heider