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New Comet Discovery May Be Brightest Visitor In Past Hundred Years
2012-09-26 09:16:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hale-Bopp, Haley´s, McNaught. These are just a few of the more well-known modern comets that have blazed across the night sky in our lifetime. Another comet that has been recently discovered could be added to that list next year when it makes a pass by the Sun in late 2013. The comet, named C/2012 S1 (ISON), is due to come within 1.1 million miles of the Sun on, or around, November 29, 2013. Vitali Nevski and Artyom...

2012-03-17 23:01:23

AstroPodcast - a new astronomy podcast launches with a world famous guest as the first interviewee. Coonabarabran, Australia (PRWEB) March 17, 2012 Today saw the official launch of the newest astronomy podcast - AstroPodcast. Local resident of Coonabarabran and keen amateur astronomer Allison Reynolds started the podcast to highlight the human side of astronomy. "I am a big believer that getting to know that scientists are just people like anyone else will encourage more people into...

Some Comets Like It Hot
2012-01-13 11:08:23

[ Watch the Video ] Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight.  The deepest cold is their natural habitat. Last November amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a different kind of comet.  The icy fuzzball he spotted in the sky over his backyard observatory in Australia was heading almost directly for the sun.  On Dec. 16th, less than three weeks...

Comet Survives Close Encounter With Our Sun
2011-12-18 06:18:30

[ Watch the Video ] On December 16, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible.  Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact. "It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC.  "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us." The...

The Beginning Of The End For Comet Lovejoy
2011-12-16 04:03:35

The SOHO spaceborne solar observatory today captured comet Lovejoy in its field of view for the first time, indicating that the icy body is on its final destructive plunge towards the Sun. Announced on 2 December, the newly discovered comet Lovejoy is on a near-collision course with the Sun and is expected to plunge to its fiery fate late on 15 December. At its closest approach, it will pass just 140 000 km above the solar surface. At that distance, the icy comet is not expected to...

Image 1 - STEREO Celebrates Five Years of Science
2011-10-27 04:15:19

[ Watch Video 1 ] | [ Watch Video 2 ] On October 25, 2006 a Delta II rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying two nearly identical spacecraft. Each satellite was one half of a mission entitled Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) and they were destined to do something never done before — see the entire sun simultaneously. The sun rotates, of course, so there's no part of the sun we haven't at some point observed from our vantage point on Earth. But watching this...

2010-12-28 14:25:00

As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on December 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered its 2000th comet. Drawing on help from citizen scientists around the world, SOHO has become the single greatest comet finder of all time. This is all the more impressive since SOHO was not specifically designed to find comets, but to monitor the sun. "Since it launched on December...

2010-06-09 12:45:47

Comet McNaught C/2009 R1 will become brighter than first thought and will be visible to the naked eye over the next few weeks. Australian astronomer Robert McNaught discovered the comet last September using the 0.5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera.  Enough observations were made of the comet to allow Brian Marsden of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to calculate its orbit. Comet McNaught is expected to pass closest to the sun at 37 million...

2010-04-13 07:25:00

British scientists have identified a new candidate for the biggest comet measured to date. Dr Geraint Jones of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory will be presenting the results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Tuesday April 13th. Instead of using the length of the tail to measure the scale of the comet, the group has used data from the ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft to gauge the size of the region of space disturbed by the comet's presence. Analysis of magnetometer data...

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