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A comet’s life – a new sonification of RPC data

In 2014, shortly after Rosetta’s arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the magnetometer on the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) suite of instruments, RPC-Mag, detected some surprising oscillations in the plasma surrounding the nucleus, revealing the comet’s mysterious “song”. Now,...

The surprising comet

As Rosetta began homing in on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the weeks leading up to its arrival in August 2014, it became very clear that this was no ordinary comet. But its striking shape was only just the...

Rosetta finds magnetic field-free bubble at comet

This article is mirrored from the main ESA web portal.  ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has revealed a surprisingly large region around its host comet devoid of any magnetic field. When ESA’s Giotto flew past Comet Halley three decades ago,...

What made the comet sing?

This blog post is contributed by Bárbara Ferreira, EGU Media and Communications Manager. Late last year the Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) announced that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been studying in detail since August 2014,...

Behind the scenes of ‘The singing comet’

Last month, shortly before Rosetta released Philae to land on Comet 67P/C-G, we posted an article on this blog titled “The singing comet”. It presented an audio track based on data collected with one of the instruments...

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The singing comet

Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. RPC principal investigator Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier, head of Space Physics and Space Sensorics at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, tells us more....