Comets

Weekly Space Hangout – June 6, 2014: Comets & Cosmos?

by Fraser Cain June 6, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) Brian Koberlien (@briankoberlein) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) Matthew Francis (CosmoAcademy.org, @DrMRFrancis) Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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New Arecibo Radar Images Show Comet Responsible for Camelopardalids is an Icy, Cratered Mini World

by Nancy Atkinson May 30, 2014

When Comet 209P/LINEAR — the comet that brought us the Camelopardalids meteor shower last weekend – was first discovered in February of 2004, astronomers initially thought it was an asteroid. However, subsequent images of the objects showed it had a tail, and so it was reclassified as a comet. Now, new images taken by the […]

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Mars-Bound Comet Siding Spring Sprouts Multiple Jets

by Bob King March 27, 2014

Comet Siding Spring, on its way to a close brush with Mars on October 19, has been kicking up a storm lately. New images from Hubble Space Telescope taken on March 11, when the comet was just this side of Jupiter, reveal multiple jets of gas and dust.  Remove this ad

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Rosetta Wakes Up, Phones Home, Starts Tweeting

by Nancy Atkinson January 20, 2014

The silence from the live video feed from the ESA’s space operations center in Darmstadt, Germany was almost deafening. Scientists and engineers were waiting to receive a signal from the Rosetta spacecraft, which was supposed to come out of hibernation today to begin its mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in earnest. Finally, after waiting nearly 45 […]

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Watch Live: ESA Waits for Signal from Comet-Chasing Spacecraft

by Nancy Atkinson January 20, 2014

Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com UPDATE: Rosetta woke up! Read our full story about the acquisition of signal here. For the first time, a spacecraft will follow a comet as it approaches the Sun and land on its nucleus. But today is key to the success of the mission. After nearly two […]

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