What you see in the photo is a 1/1,000 scale replica of the head of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (there will be a quiz) that sits at the northwest corner of Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, through this coming weekend. Comet C-G (yes, there’s a cheat version) is the target of the European Space Agency’s probe Rosetta, which is now approaching the comet. The vapor emitted by the replica represents the comet’s atmosphere.
The comet replica is part of the World Science Festival, which is taking place at various locations in New York City through Sunday, June 1. As part of the Festival, on Saturday, May 31, from 8:00 p.m. until midnight on the Pier 1 Promenade, there will be an evening of stargazing:
Get out your telescope (or come borrow one of ours) for a night of urban stargazing and live music as we celebrate the dance of the planets. Learn even more about the universe at our Star Chat, where some of the world’s best astronomers, physicists, and scientists will discuss hunting for life, landing crafts on Mars, and discovering planets trillions and trillions of miles away. Gear up for the Rosetta Mission that is slated to land on a comet later this year by visiting our model comet with interactive programming. Finally, get a taste of what it’s like to be an exoplanet hunter with NASA’s interactive game, The Hidden Light, and enjoy finding your favorite constellations without ever leaving the city.