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Images are Starting to Come in of the New Interstellar Comet

Thanks to the Gemini Observatory, we now have our first glimpse at the interstellar comet, C/2019 Q4, the second interstellar…

1 week ago

An Astrophotographer Noticed a Chunk of Ice Orbiting Comet 67P in Rosetta’s Photos

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission spent two years at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At the end of September 2016,…

1 month ago

Meet the Comet Interceptor. It’ll Wait Patiently In Space for a Comet, Then Pounce On It

The ESA has announced a new mission to explore a comet. The Comet Interceptor mission will have a spacecraft wait…

3 months ago

Astronomers Find a Chunk of a Comet Inside a Meteorite

The early days of the Solar System are hard to piece together from our vantage point, billions of years after…

5 months ago

Not all the Earth’s Water Came From Comets

We have comets and asteroids to thank for Earth's water, according to the most widely-held theory among scientists. But it's…

11 months ago

Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together

A new study conducted by researchers from the Southwest Research Institute indicates that Pluto could have formed from a billion…

1 year ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 492: Comets, Asteroids and KBO’s

Another topic with plenty of updates. Since we started Astronomy Cast we've visited many smaller objects in the Solar System…

1 year ago

70,000 Years Ago a Nearby Star Messed With the Orbits Of Comets and Asteroids in our Solar System

70,000 years ago, Scholz's Star visited our neighbourhood, and changed the trajectories of hundreds of objects in out Solar System.

2 years ago

Scientists Propose An Asteroid Nuke Mission To Save Earth From Potential Destruction

NASA's HAMMER (Hyper-velocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response) is a plan to protect us from asteroids, either with kinetic…

2 years ago

Rosetta’s 67P Is The Result Of A Collision Of Two Comets

A new study from scientists with France's CNRS explains how comets like 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko acquire and retain their multi-lobed shapes.

2 years ago