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Comet ISON Is Shedding Carbon Dioxide By The Millions
2013-07-23 18:00:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers say they have observed strong carbon dioxide emissions coming off Comet ISON, giving scientists even more data to help them better understand these space objects. The team captured the images on June 13 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera. The images show carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily "fizzing" away from the so-called "soda-pop comet" in a tail about 186,400 miles long. "These fabulous...

2013-07-22 23:21:18

Red Comet, an Accredited, Self-Paced, Online High School Launches a Course on Gothic Literature that Students Can Take for Credit Prosser, WA (PRWEB) July 22, 2013 Red Comet’s new high school online elective course "Gothic Literature: Monster Stories" is an exciting addition to the curriculum. Gothic fiction is also sometimes referred to as Gothic Horror because authors combine romance with horror to create a deeply engaging storyline. From vampires to ghosts, these...

Donald K. Yeomans Receives Carl Sagan Medal For Public Communication
2013-07-15 10:16:17

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory For his work making the solar system's nomads of the night sky -- near-Earth objects, asteroids and comets -- tangible and compelling for millions of people, Donald K. Yeomans, the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The Sagan Medal recognizes a planetary scientist for excellence in public communication....

Disk Patterns Not Always Formed In Presence Of Planets
2013-07-13 07:16:03

[WATCH VIDEO: It Doesn't Take A Planet To Make A Ring] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Young stars known to host planets generally also have disks containing dust and icy grains, particles produced by collisions among asteroids and comets also orbiting the star. Often, these debris disks have sharply-defined rings or spiral patterns, which could signal the presence of orbiting planets. As a way to better understand the physical properties of known planets and...

2013-07-12 23:18:57

Red Comet, an Accredited, Self-Paced, Online High School Launches an Enrichment Course on Astronomy. Prosser, WA (PRWEB) July 12, 2013 Red Comet is introducing “Astronomy: Exploring the Universe” as part of its efforts to launch during this summer several new high school electives. Since the first glimpse of the night sky, humans have been fascinated with the stars, planets, and universe that surrounds us. Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences known to humans. Before the invention...

2013-07-09 23:24:19

Red Comet, an Accredited, Self-Paced, Online High School Launches an Enrichment Course on Anthropology I Prosser, WA (PRWEB) July 09, 2013 Red Comet’s brand new elective “Anthropology I: Uncovering Human Mysteries” is launched to supplement the current high school curriculum. The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of our past and present so that we can understand what the future holds for us. Weaving concepts from humanities, social sciences and...

Asteroid Surface More Unstable Than Previously Thought
2013-07-05 12:02:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An experiment in microgravity has revealed future missions seeking to land on an asteroid may have to watch out for an avalanche. Researchers discovered the rubble and dust covering asteroids and comets could feel changes between particles over much larger distances than on Earth, making these surfaces much less stable than previously thought. "We see examples of force-chains everywhere. When you pick an orange from a pile in a...

Hubble Video Shows Comet ISON Approach
2013-07-02 14:46:00

Watch the video "Hubble View Of Comet ISON" Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON is on course to potentially light up our night skies in November as it makes a close pass by our Sun. However, we don't have to wait until November to get some cosmic eye candy to go along with our Independence Day festivities. NASA released a new movie (see above) showing a sequence of Hubble Space Telescope observations taken over 43 minutes as the comet hurtles through space...


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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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