Comets

Parker Solar Probe Gives a Unique Perspective on Comet NEOWISE

Comet watchers have enjoying the newly-discovered NEOWISE comet since it was first spotted in March 2020. Now that it's visible…

4 weeks ago

Astronomers Finally Think They Understand Where Interstellar Object Oumuamua Came From and How it Formed

'Oumuamua caused quite a stir when it visited our Solar System in 2017. It didn't stay long, however, and when…

4 months ago

When Comets Break Up, the Fragments Can Be Devastating If They Hit the Earth

Comet breakups are a timely topic right now. The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov just broke into at least two pieces. And…

4 months ago

Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov Appears to Have Broken in Half

In 2019, amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov discovered a comet, which now bears his name. There's a long history of amateur…

4 months ago

Rosetta Saw the Building Blocks of Life on Comet 67P

Why is there so little nitrogen in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P)? That's a question scientists asked themselves when they looked at…

7 months ago

Comets and Interstellar Objects Could be Exporting Earth Life Out into the Milky Way

A new study suggests that comets and asteroids that graze Earth's atmosphere might be responsible for the spread of life…

10 months ago

Here’s the Picture We’ve Been Waiting for. Hubble’s Photo of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov

Leave it up to the good ole Hubble Space Telescope. The workhorse telescope has given us a photo of the…

10 months ago

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…

11 months 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,…

12 months 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…

1 year ago