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Tag: Comet

Pictures of a Comet: Can a Robot Win a Photojournalism Pulitzer?

Pictures of a Comet: Can a Robot Win a Photojournalism Pulitzer?
By now you’ve no doubt heard of the Philae lander’s mostly successful landing on the comet known as Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This is the first time this has ever been done, and it’s both very cool and…

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs

Rosetta Probe Finds Comet Smells Like Cat Pee and Rotten Eggs
The Rosetta probe launched by the ESA spent hundreds of days sleeping and zipping through space to reach its comet destination known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Among the instruments on the probe are some spectrometers that have been…
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Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives at Comet 67P after a Decade-Long Trip

Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives at Comet 67P after a Decade-Long Trip
Way back in 2004, the European Space Agency launched a spacecraft called Rosetta on a mission to enter orbit around a comet and send a lander to its surface. The comet is called 67P/CG, and after…

Comet ISON Could Get so Bright We Might See It during the Day

Comet ISON Could Get so Bright We Might See It during the Day
It’s been a while since we talked about the comet ISON. We mentioned back in January that if the comet survives its brush with the sun later this month, it could be the brightest comet seen…

Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades

Scientists Realize Massive Near-Earth Asteroid Is Actually a Comet after Three Decades
This story proves that sometimes even really smart people get things horribly wrong. For the last 30 years, astronomers have believed that a massive object known as Don Quixote was a near-Earth asteroid. In fact, the…

Mars Has a “Non-Negligible” Chance of Being Hit by a Comet in 2014

Mars Has a “Non-Negligible” Chance of Being Hit by a Comet in 2014
One of the most impressive things that happened to Jupiter in recorded history was when the planet was pummeled by chunks of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet. The thing with Jupiter is that it has an incredibly…

Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun

Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon – If It Survives the Sun
Next year could be a very good year for watching comets. A comet was discovered this past September that is expected to fly within 1.2 million miles of the center of the Sun on November 28,…

Lovejoy Comet Lives Through Brush with Sun’s Corona

Lovejoy Comet Lives Through Brush with Sun’s Corona
Comets are cool, both literally and figuratively. They are generally made of frozen gases and other stuff. I can remember years and years ago when a particularly bright one was in the sky, and looking at…

NASA Creates Space Harpoon for Comets: Thar She Blows!

NASA Creates Space Harpoon for Comets: Thar She Blows!
Those cats over at NASA come up with some wild ideas from time to time and one of their latest ideas may well be the strangest I have seen in a while. NASA has devised a…
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