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2010-10-14 09:20:00

It was a case of celestial hit and run. Two asteroids, both in the wrong place at the wrong time. The result: one big trail of debris and a case of mistaken identity. Now, however, ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta has unraveled the truth. Using its OSIRIS camera, Rosetta made the breakthrough because it is far from Earth and so it could look at mystery object "ËœP/2010 A2' from a unique perspective. This showed that instead of being a comet, as first suspected, we are seeing the debris...

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2007-02-24 09:35:35

Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, has been delighting those who have seen it with the unaided eye as a spectacular display in the evening sky. Pushing ESO's New Technology Telescope to its limits, a team of European astronomers have obtained the first, and possibly unique, detailed observations of this object. Their images show spectacular jets of gas from the comet spiralling several thousands of kilometres into space, while the spectra reveal the presence of sodium in its...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.