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Comet ISON Still On Track For Fall Spectacle: Exclusive
2013-09-19 14:25:38

[ Watch the Video: Don't Give Up On Comet ISON Just Yet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Remember when we, and everyone else in the media circuit, reported about how Comet ISON was fizzling out? Well, forget about it, because a very reliable source tells redOrbit that the comet is still on track to potentially provide a spectacular show in the night sky. Comet ISON has been closely watched by several astronomers over the past year with great anticipation, but...

Comet ISON On Uncertain Course Towards The Sun
2013-05-31 04:32:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) is racing toward an uncomfortably close rendezvous with the Sun, according to a new series of images from the Gemini Earth Observatory. Comet ISON might present a stunning sight in the twilight sky of late November that will remain easily visible, even brilliant, into early December. Gemini´s time-sequence images span from early February through May 2013, showing the comet´s remarkable activity...

Comet PANSTARRS Visible In UK And Irish Skies
2013-03-11 10:00:20

AlphaGalileo Foundation A comet discovered by a Queen´s University Belfast supported project will be visible in UK and Irish skies from tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 March) onwards. Comet PANSTARRS was discovered in June 2011, by a team including astronomers from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen´s, using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, when it was still 1.2 billion kilometers from the Sun. The comet will be visible by eye low-down in the Western sky from...

Comet Siding Spring To Pass Close To Mars In 2014
2013-03-05 20:27:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online We've had our fair share of close calls from asteroids recently, but a neighboring planet will soon have its day in the spotlight as a comet grazes past it. Mars will have a front row ticket to comet 2013 A1 as it passes by the Red Planet in 2014, passing within 186,000 miles of Mars, according to NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The office even said there is a...

Comet ISON To Put On Spectacular Show On Thanksgiving
2013-02-06 13:08:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kislovodsk, literally translated, means “sour water.” It was in this town, named for the sour water in the springs that surround it, that Russian astronomers Vitali Nevksi and Artyom Novichonok made a very sweet discovery in September of last year. Officially, the comet they discovered was named C/2012 S1, but since the two astronomers were using the International Scientific Optical Network´s (ISON) 15.7-inch...

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2010-02-26 07:15:00

Though comets are thought to be some of the oldest, most primitive bodies in the solar system, new research on comet Wild 2 indicates that inner solar system material was transported to the comet-forming region at least 1.7 million years after the formation of the oldest solar system solids. The research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and colleagues provides the first constraint on the age of cometary material from a known comet. The findings were published in the Feb....

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2009-09-16 05:20:00

Astronomers from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Hawaii have discovered multiple fragments ejected during the largest cometary outburst ever witnessed. Images and animations showing fragments rapidly flying away from the nucleus of comet 17P/Holmes will be presented by Rachel Stevenson at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany, on Wednesday September 16. Stevenson, together with colleagues Jan Kleyna and David Jewitt, began observing comet...

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2009-02-04 13:50:00

In 1996, a 7-year-old boy in China bent over the eyepiece of a small telescope and saw something that would change his life--a comet of flamboyant beauty, bright and puffy with an active tail. At first he thought he himself had discovered it, but no, he learned, two men named "Hale" and "Bopp" had beat him to it. Mastering his disappointment, young Quanzhi Ye resolved to find his own comet one day. And one day, he did. Fast forward to a summer afternoon in July 2007. Ye, now 19 years old and...

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2007-11-15 09:05:11

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has probed the bright core of Comet 17P/Holmes, which, to the delight of sky watchers, mysteriously brightened by nearly a millionfold in a 24-hour period beginning Oct. 23, 2007. Astronomers used Hubble's powerful resolution to study Comet Holmes' core for clues about how the comet brightened. The orbiting observatory's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) monitored the comet for several days, snapping images on Oct. 29, Oct. 31, and Nov. 4. Hubble's crisp...

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2007-08-22 12:45:00

Observational and theoretical studies of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of ESA's Rosetta mission, are building a detailed portrait of the comet's nucleus as it travels around the Sun. Observations of the comet using the 8.2 m-ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) show an irregularly-shaped object that is about 4.6 kilometres in diameter with a rotational period of 12 hours 49 minutes.  Ms Cecilia Tubiana, who will be presenting results at the second European Planetary Science...