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Taurid Meteor Shower California
2013-11-07 15:18:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While flashing lights over Southern California may have given some local residents flashbacks to old 'X-files' episodes, don’t expect to see ‘little green men’ running around anytime soon. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command weather department, the streak of light reported by citizens in Los Angeles county was probably part of the South Taurids meteor shower that dazzles skywatchers in early November each...

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world. A new report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters states the shockwave from the meteoric explosion on the morning of February 15, 2013 traveled around the globe -- not once, but twice. Scientists, led by Alexis Le Pichon of the French...

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2011-07-18 09:49:18

New findings from NEOWISE, the asteroid- and comet-hunting portion of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, show that comet Hartley 2 leaves a pebbly trail as it laps the sun, dotted with grains as big as golf balls. Previously, NASA's EPOXI mission, which flew by the comet on Nov. 4, 2010, found golf ball- to basketball-sized fluffy ice particles streaming off comet Hartley 2. NEOWISE data show that the golf ball-sized chunks survive farther away from the comet than previously...

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2008-10-13 15:10:00

When comet Holmes unexpectedly erupted in 2007, professional and amateur astronomers around the world turned their telescopes toward the spectacular event. Their quest was to find out why the comet had suddenly exploded. Observations taken of the comet after the explosion by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope deepen the mystery, showing oddly behaving streamers in the shell of dust surrounding the nucleus of the comet. The data also offer a rare look at the material liberated from within the...

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2005-11-04 06:37:15

Earth is orbiting through a swarm of space debris that may be producing an unusual number of nighttime fireballs. NASA -- "I thought some wise guy was shining a spotlight at me," says Josh Bowers of New Germany, Pennsylvania. "Then I realized what it was: a fireball in the southern sky. I was doing some backyard astronomy around 9 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31, 2005), and this meteor was so bright it made me lose my night vision." Bowers wasn't the only one who saw the fireball. Lots of people...

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2005-01-12 08:15:00

JPL -- When our solar system was young, its biggest babies -- Jupiter and Saturn -- threw tantrums by the trillion. The huge planets hurled ice-covered rocky bodies from the inner solar system far past the orbit of Pluto. Some of those bodies revisit their old neighborhood as "long period" comets, which have been called the Rosetta Stone of the solar system because their pristine composition holds the key to understanding how Earth and similar planets formed. Astrophysicists from the...


Latest Comet Encke Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Comet Encke -- Because of its proximity to the Sun and its stable orbit, comet Encke is probably one of the most evolved comets that still remains active. It may represent a transition object between an active comet and the defunct comets that are thought to make up a significant percentage of the near-Earth asteroid population. The orbit of comet Encke is very stable both in its size and orientation because it can pass no closer to Jupiter than about 0.9 AU. This orbital stability...

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