Comets

Get Ready for the Lyrid Meteor Shower: Our Complete Guide for 2014

by David Dickinson April 18, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The month of April doesn’t only see showers that bring May flowers: it also brings the first dependable meteor shower of the season. We’re talking about the Lyrid meteors, and although 2014 finds the circumstances for this meteor shower as less […]

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Rosetta’s Philae Lander Snaps a Selfie

by Jason Major April 15, 2014

Philae is awake… and taking pictures! This image, acquired last night with the lander’s CIVA (Comet nucleus Infrared and Visible Analyzer) instrument, shows the left and right solar panels of ESA’s well-traveled Rosetta spacecraft, upon which the 100-kilogram Philae is mounted. Philae successfully emerged from hibernation on March 28 via a wake-up call from ESA. After […]

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Comet ISON Photo Contest Winners Rock the House!

by Bob King April 14, 2014

Comet ISON’s gone but positively not forgotten. The National Science Foundation today shared the results of their Comet ISON Photography Contest. You’ll recognize many of the names because so many of their photos have graced stories written for Universe Today.  Remove this ad

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Comet Jacques Brightens Rapidly, Heads North

by Bob King April 8, 2014

We’ve got a hot comet on our hands. Comet Jacques barely cracked magnitude +11 at the time of its March 13 discovery, but just three weeks later, amateur astronomers have already spotted it in large binoculars at magnitude +9.5. Expert comet observer Michael Mattiazzo, who maintains the Southern Comets Homepage, predicts that if Comet Jacques continues its […]

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Fly to Rosetta’s Comet with this New Interactive Visualization

by Bob King April 3, 2014

Hang onto your space helmets.  With a few moves of the mouse, you can now follow the European Rosetta mission to its target comet with this interactive 3-D simulator. Go ahead and give it a click – it’s live! Remove this ad

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