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Comet Witnessed Breaking Apart
2012-11-05 08:23:47

NASA Press Statement The Hergenrother comet is currently traversing the inner-solar system. Amateur and professional astronomers alike have been following the icy-dirt ball over the past several weeks as it has been generating a series of impressive outbursts of cometary-dust material. Now comes word that the comet's nucleus has taken the next step in its relationship with Mother Nature. "Comet Hergenrother is splitting apart," said Rachel Stevenson, a post-doctoral fellow working at...

Comets Passing By Each Other Tuesday Night
2012-10-22 13:51:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday night, there will be no football, and the World Series will be a day away, but there will be another spectacle you can watch. Slooh.com said it will be broadcasting a one-of-a-kind celestial event on Tuesday night, as Comet 168P/Hergenrother and Comet C/2012 J1 (Catalina) pass each other in space. Slooh will begin providing live coverage of this event starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, accompanied by real-time discussions...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'