Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in this latest image like never before from the Rosetta spacecraft.
Rosetta took the photo from 200 miles away as it was on the outward leg of a 600 mile journey away from the comet and back again.
The photo was taken on March 27, capture the moment when the Sun, the comet and the spacecraft are perfectly aligned, resulting in a gorgeous backlit image of the comet.
“In this configuration, the nucleus appears backlit, with only a few portions of the illuminated surface visible from this view — in the upper and upper right part of the nucleus,” the ESA said in a statement accompanying the photograph.
“The image reveals the bright environment of the comet, displaying beautiful outflows of activity streaming away from the nucleus in various directions. It is interesting to note hints of the shadow cast by the nucleus on the coma below it, as well as a number of background stars sprinkled across the image.”
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is composed of two lobes, resembling a pair of snowballs stuck together. It is composed mostly made of ice and gives gives off varying amounts of gas and dust depending on how warm it is.