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Comet ISON Hosted A Rare Kind Of Nitrogen, Hinting At Reservoirs In Young Solar System

by Elizabeth Howell February 21, 2014

Comet ISON — that bright comet last year that broke up around Thanksgiving weekend — included two forms of nitrogen in its icy body, according to newly released observations from the Subaru Telescope. Of the two types found, the discovery of isotope 15NH2 was the first time it’s ever been seen in a comet. Further, […]

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A Cometary Case for Titan’s Atmosphere

by Jason Major May 9, 2011

Titan is a fascinating world to planetary scientists. Although it’s a moon of Saturn it boasts an opaque atmosphere ten times thicker than Earth’s and a hydrologic cycle similar to our own – except with frigid liquid methane as the key component instead of water. Titan has even been called a living model of early […]

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