Temporal morphological changes in the Imhotep region of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

J. -B. Vincent Olivier Groussin 1 Holger Sierks 2 Cesare Barbieri 3 Philippe Lamy 1 Rafael Rodrigo 4, 5 Detlef Koschny 6 Hans Rickman 7, 8 Horst Uwe Keller 9, 10 Michael F. A’hearn 11 Anne-Thérèse Auger 1 Maria A. Barucci 12 Jean-Loup Bertaux 13 Ivano Bertini 14 Sébastien Besse 6 Gabriele Cremonese Vania Da Deppo 15 Björn Davidsson 7 Stefano Debei Mariolino De Cecco 16 Mohamed Ramy El-Maarry 17 Sonia Fornasier 12 Marco Fulle 18 Pedro J. Gutierrez 19 Carsten Güttler 2 Stubbe Hviid 3 Wing-Huen Ip 20 Laurent Jorda 1 Jörg Knollenberg 3 Gabor Kovacs 2 J.-Rainer Kramm 2 Ekkerhard Kührt 3 Michael Kueppers 21 Luisa-Maria Lara 19 Monica Lazzarin 3 Josè Juan Lopez-Moreno 19 Stephen Lowry 22 Simone Marchi 23 Francesco Marzari 3 Matteo Massironi 24, 14 Stefano Mottola 3 Giampiero Naletto 14, 15, 25 Nilda Oklay 2 Maurizio Pajola 14 Antoine Pommerol 17 Nicholas Thomas 17 I. Toth 26 Cécilia Tubiana 2 Jean-Baptiste Vincent 2
Abstract : We report on the first major temporal morphological changes observed on the surface of the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the smooth terrains of the Imhotep region. We used images of the OSIRIS cameras onboard Rosetta to follow the temporal changes from 24 May 2015 to 11 July 2015. The morphological changes observed on the surface are visible in the form of roundish features that are growing in size from a given location in a preferential direction at a rate of 5.6-8.1 x 10-5 m s-1 during the observational period. The location where the changes started and the contours of the expanding features are bluer than the surroundings, which suggests that ices (H2O and/or CO2<:sub> are exposed on the surface. However, sublimation of ices alone is not sufficient to explain the observed expanding features. No significant variations in the dust activity pattern are observed during the period of changes.
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Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2015, 583, A36 (4 p.). 〈10.1051/0004-6361/201527020〉
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J. -B. Vincent, Olivier Groussin, Holger Sierks, Cesare Barbieri, Philippe Lamy, et al.. Temporal morphological changes in the Imhotep region of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2015, 583, A36 (4 p.). 〈10.1051/0004-6361/201527020〉. 〈hal-01439792〉



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