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Wednesday, November 12, 2014


The Towering Cliffs of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Agilkia, the Philae landing site, looks pretty okay in this image (image credit ESA). Click to embiggenBut with a different lighting angle you can see it (indicated by box) is perched near a pretty worrying cliff. (image credit ESA). Click to embiggen

Lighting angle can  make a huge difference to how a place looks. With the lighting above, Philae's landing environs look relatively smooth, with some scalloping. With the light at a different angle, the "scalloping" is revealed as terrifying cliffs.

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