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Will This Be The Comet Of The Century?

Great Comet of 1680 (Painting by: Lieve Verschuier)

NASA’s Deep Impact probe has captured images of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), as it moves past the orbital distance of Jupiter on what may be its first trip inwards to the Sun, and possibly a spectacular show. Comets are notoriously fickle beasts. Chunks of primordial rock, dust, and volatile ices that formed some 4.5 billion [...]

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Observations

Naked-Eye Comet Pan-STARRS Climbing into Northern Skies

Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4)

This year is shaping up to be a great one for amateur sky-watchers. Toward the end of 2013, astronomers expect the recently discovered Comet ISON (officially designated C/2012 S1) to shine mightily as it approaches the sun—possibly glowing as bright as the full moon. (Comets are unpredictable beasts, though, and often fail to meet the [...]

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Observations

Bay Area Fireball Caught on Tape [Video]

Just before 7:45 P.M. Pacific time yesterday, as baseball fans in the San Francisco Bay Area were tuning in to the playoff game between the hometown Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, a different spectacle was playing out overhead. A huge fireball lit up the skies over Northern California, and witnesses also heard very loud [...]

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Observations

“Once in a Civilization” Comet to Zip past Earth Next Year

Comet Hartley 2

As it flares out of the distant Oort Cloud, the newly discovered comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) appears to be heading on a trajectory that could make for one of the most spectacular night-sky events in living memory. Why is this comet expected to be so unique? Two reasons: Astronomers predict that the comet will pass [...]

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The Countdown

5 Things You Need to Know about Rosetta, the Comet Chaser – The Countdown, Episode 40

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We’ve put robots on both the moon and mars, but scientists have never tried to soft-land a robot on a comet–until now. In this episode of The Countdown, we cover everything you need to know about the European Space Agency’s groundbreaking Rosetta mission. – More to explore: Comet Craft Approaches Its Target (Nature) Rosetta: To [...]

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The Countdown

The Countdown, Episode 7 – Planet Centauri, Endeavour‘s L.A. Road Trip, DayGlo Comet, Moon Mystery Modeled, a Not-Quite-Space Jump

Story 5 Astronomers have discovered an Earth-mass planet circling Alpha Centauri B, a star only four light-years from our own solar system. Links: The Exoplanet Next-Door: Astronomers Discover World in Nearest Star System Story 4 The retired Space Shuttle Endeavour cruised the streets of Los Angeles on the way to its new home at the [...]

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