“just landed on a comet!” A #CometLanding Archive

xkcd: Landing.
xkcd: Landing.


Rosetta ’s Philae lander successfully made the first soft landing on a comet nucleus when it touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday 12 November 2014 “just after 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST” (NASA).

The event was reported and followed on Twitter with the hashtag #CometLanding.

I have uploaded to figshare a file that contains approximately 77,318 Tweets published publicly and tagged with #CometLanding between 12/11/2014 09:09 and 05/12/2014 18:07 GMT.

Priego, Ernesto (2014): A #CometLanding Twitter Archive. figshare.

Only users with at least 2 followers were included in the archive. Retweets have been included. An initial automatic deduplication was performed but data might require further deduplication.

This was a trending topic on Twitter and as it is the case with most if not all the Twitter archives I have created and shared it is not guaranteed in any way this file contains each and every Tweet tagged with the #CometLanding during the indicated period. I have shared it as a sample for comparative and indicative educational and research purposes only.

Please note the data in the file is likely to require further refining and even deduplication. The data is shared as is. The dataset has been shared to encourage open research into scholarly activity on Twitter. If you use or refer to the dataset in any way please cite and link back using the citation information above.

NB. There are definitely several duplicates in this dataset. Requires refining.