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2014-05-20 23:15:33

On the eve of the StarLight Festival, hosted by the AstronomyOutreach network in Big Bear California, Earth is set to smash into the

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Comet Beginning To Form Its Tail
2014-05-16 11:42:34

The comet targeted for research by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has begun to develop its tail as it zooms closer and closer to the Sun. The probe is maneuvering to align with the comet’s orbit this month and is slated to rendezvous with it in August.

Upcoming Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Could Rival The Perseids
2014-05-21 08:00:12

May isn’t exactly known for its meteor showers. In fact, this month’s Camelopardalid meteor shower, caused by dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR, has technically never even been seen before.

Halleys Comet Meteor Shower
2014-05-05 11:12:27

The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower – arising from material left behind by the infamous Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago – will reach its peak in the early morning hours of May 6, though events can generally be seen from late April to late May to a much lesser extent.

russian fireball
2014-04-22 06:59:42

A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk over the weekend. The meteorite left a noticeable bright blue trail as it sped across the night sky at 2:10 am (local time) on Saturday, before ending in explosion, according to multiple witnesses.

Plant Material Stored In Impact Glass Could Reveal Much About Ancient Earth, Mars
2014-04-20 07:04:38

The discovery of biodata encapsulated in molten glass resulting from asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago not only provides information about the climate and life forms of the ancient Earth, but has also led to hopes that similar preserved organic compounds will be discovered on Mars.

Images From Around The World Provided By ISON Comet Photography Contest Winners
2014-04-16 12:38:31

Seven photographers from around the globe received awards for their stunning images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) at the Northeast Astronomy Forum held at Rockland Community College today.

ISEE-3 Comes Back To Visit Earth
2014-04-15 16:21:25

ISEE-3 coming home to visit - making its closest approach to Earth in August 2014 before it heads back out to interplanetary space.

First Images Of Deep Space Comet Transmitted From ESA's Rosetta
2014-03-28 12:39:54

Rosetta woke up from a deep hibernation in January, and since then ESA engineers have been preparing it for its rendezvous with the comet. The spacecraft took its “first light” images last week using its Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) wide-angle camera.

Mars-Bound Siding Spring Comet Sprouts Multiple Jets
2014-03-28 08:28:56

NASA released on Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars - less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.


Latest Comet Reference Libraries

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2007-04-10 16:02:02

A Shubunkin is a type of single-tailed goldfish with calico coloration, a combination of orange, white, black, red, and blue markings, blue being the most desired. They are similar to the common goldfish and the comet goldfish. Also called speckled goldfish, harlequin goldfish, calico goldfish, and coronation fish, they were developed in Japan about a hundred years ago by crossing calico fantails with single-tailed goldfish to produce a hardy, able swimmer with bright colors. There are...

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2007-04-10 14:06:21

A Fantail goldfish is a standard "fancy" type of goldfish. It has a dual-lobed tail, unlike its cousin the common or comet. Its fins can be different sizes, ranging from 1-3 in or more in length. A typical fantail has paired fins, including anal fins, a single dorsal fin, and a round, pointed body shape. It can range in color, from bronze (known as chocolate), orange, red, calico, and mixes of the colors. It is the third hardiest of the fancy goldfish with Comet first and Shubunkin second,...

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2007-04-10 13:51:34

The Comet is a commonly kept form of goldfish, the only type to have originated in the United States. They first appeared in the ponds of the Fish Commission in Washington in the early 1880s. Hugo Mullertt was the first person to bring the Comet goldfish to the market in a large quantity. Characterized by a long, tall, flowing tailfin they can be differentiated from the common goldfish, although otherwise they are very similar. Both of these varieties are quite hardy and will do well in...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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