Bob King

About Bob King

I'm a long-time amateur astronomer and member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). My observing passions include everything from auroras to Z Cam stars. Every day the universe offers up something both beautiful and thought-provoking. I also write a daily astronomy blog called Astro Bob.

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Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

by Bob King July 17, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter I thought the photos earlier this week were amazing.  This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed’ or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet’s complex shape even more clearly as Rosetta nudges ever closer to […]

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Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

by Bob King July 12, 2014

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it’s back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]

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Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia

by Bob King July 10, 2014

“It first looked like a plane with fire coming out of the tail.” – Aaron O. “I have never seen anything like it. Big, bright and moving gently across sky – slower than a plane, not falling at all but moving across.” – Shannon H. “Viewed from cockpit of aircraft at 37,000′. Was visible for two […]

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Merging Giant Galaxies Sport ‘Blue Bling’ in New Hubble Pic

by Bob King July 10, 2014

On a summer night, high above our heads, where the Northern Crown and Herdsman meet, a titanic new galaxy is being born 4.5 billion light years away. You and I can’t see it, but astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope released photographs today showing the merger of two enormous elliptical galaxies into a future  heavyweight […]

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Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in Russia

by Bob King July 1, 2014

A spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky near the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. A team of meteor researchers from Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic scoured the predicted impact zone and recently discovered extraterrestrial booty. Remove this ad

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