Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

by Bob King July 12, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Mercury’s Hot Flow Revealed by MESSENGER

by Jason Major June 18, 2014

Our Sun is constantly sending a hot stream of charged atomic particles out into space in all directions. Pouring out from holes in the Sun’s corona, this solar wind flows through the Solar System at speeds of over 400 km/s (that’s 893,000 mph). When it encounters magnetic fields, like those generated by planets, the flow of particles is […]

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Curiosity Captures Mercury from Mars

by Jason Major June 10, 2014

NASA’s Curiosity rover may be busy exploring the rugged and rocky interior of Gale Crater, but it does get a chance to skygaze on occasion. And while looking at the Sun on June 3, 2014 (mission Sol 649) the rover’s Mastcam spotted another member of our Solar System: tiny Mercury, flitting across the Sun’s face. Silhouetted against […]

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Virtual Star Party – June 1, 2014: Paul brings his “A” game!

by Susie Murph June 5, 2014

Host: Scott Lewis Guests: Michael Phillips, Bill McLaughlin, Paul Stewart Remove this ad

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Mercury’s Ready For Its Close-Up, Mr. MESSENGER

by Jason Major May 15, 2014

Are you ready for a good close look at Mercury? At an incredible 5 meters per pixel, this is one of the highest-resolution images of Mercury’s surface ever captured. It was acquired on March 15 with the MESSENGER spacecraft’s MDIS (Mercury Dual Imaging System) instrument and shows an 8.3-km (5.2-mile) -wide section of Mercury’s north polar region, […]

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