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Comet ISON and Mars Imaged Together During Close Approach

by Nancy Atkinson October 2, 2013

Comet ISON made its closest approach to Mars yesterday (October 1, 2013) at a distance of 10.5 million km (6.5 million miles). While we await to find out if attempts to image the comet by spacecraft on the surface (update: those images are in — see them here) and in orbit of Mars were successful, […]

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Astronomers Capture Images of Herschel Telescope Heading Toward its ‘Graveyard’ Orbit

by Nancy Atkinson July 1, 2013

A pair of astronomers has proved that we haven’t seen the last of the Herschel Space Observatory! On June 17, 2013, engineers for the Herschel space telescope sent final commands to put the decommissioned observatory into its “graveyard” heliocentric parking orbit, after the liquid helium that cooled the observatory’s instruments was depleted. Now, Nick Howes […]

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Astronomer Giovanni Sostero, 1964-2012

by Nancy Atkinson December 10, 2012

Giovanni Sostero, 1964-2012. Image courtesy of the Remanzacco Observatory With sadness, we learned of the death of amateur astronomer Giovanni Sostero last Friday. Universe Today readers will remember Giovanni as a member of the team of astronomers from the Remanzacco Observatory in Italy, whose outstanding work we frequently feature, especially for their observations of comets, […]

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Latest Images of Comet Elenin: Not Much to See

by Nancy Atkinson October 22, 2011

A series of images of Comet Elenin taken on October 21, 2011 might show an “extremely faint and diffuse blob of light,” according to Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero and Nick Howes, who used two remote telescopes in New Mexico to image again the field of view where Comet Elenin should be. Their first observing session […]

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Close Approach: Images and Animations of Asteroid 2011 MD

by Nancy Atkinson June 27, 2011

Today, Monday June 27 at about 17:00 UT, asteroid designated as 2011 MD will pass only 12,300 kilometers (7,600 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Here are some images and an animation of the asteroid’s close approach taken around 09:30 UT taken by Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and Giovanni Sostero at the Faulkes Telescope South through […]

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