Comets

Observing Alert – Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

by Bob King July 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter With the southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor-watching season officially begins. While not a rich shower from mid-northern latitudes, pleasant weather and a chance to see the flaming remains of a comet seem motivation enough to go out for […]

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Comet Jacques Makes a ‘Questionable’ Appearance

by Bob King July 26, 2014

What an awesome photo! Italian amateur astronomer Rolando Ligustri nailed it earlier today using a remote telescope in New Mexico and wide-field 4-inch (106 mm) refractor. Currently the brightest comet in the sky at magnitude 6.5, C/2014 E2 Jacques has been slowly climbing out of morning twilight into a darker sky over the last two […]

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NASA Preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

by Bob King July 26, 2014

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring inches closer to the Red Planet, NASA’s taking steps to protect its fleet of orbiting Mars spacecraft. On October 19, the comet’s icy nucleus will miss the planet by just 82,000 miles (132,000 km). That’s 17 times closer than the closest recorded Earth-approaching comet, Lexell’s Comet in 1770.  Remove this ad

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Neck Of Rosetta’s ‘Rubby Duckie’ Comet Shows A Bright Ring

by Elizabeth Howell July 24, 2014

Rosetta’s “rubber duckie” comet appears to be wearing a collar! New images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the spacecraft, which is speeding towards an orbit of the comet next month, show that the “neck” region of the nucleus appears to be brighter than the rest. Last week, images from the spacecraft revealed that the comet likely […]

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Once Upon a Time There Was a Spacecraft Called Rosetta…

by Jason Major July 21, 2014

…and that time is now! ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is just over a mere two weeks away from its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (which has recently surprised everyone with its binary “rubber duckie” shape) and the excitement continues to grow — and rightfully so, since after ten years traveling through the Solar System Rosetta is finally going […]

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