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Was Life On Earth Jump-Started By Icy Comet Impact?
2013-09-16 07:00:57

[ Watch the Video: Comets May Have Provided Earth The Building Blocks Of Life ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists has discovered that life on Earth may have been jump-started when icy comets bombarded the planet billions of years ago. Scientists from University College London, the University of Kent and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published a paper, appearing on the Nature Geosciences website on September 15....

Amateur Astronomers See Fireballs Collide With Jupiter
2013-09-15 04:40:06

[ Watch the Video: Fireballs Collide With Jupiter’s Atmosphere ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Amateur astronomers observing Jupiter with video cameras for the past three years have observed a trio of collisions between small stellar objects occurring around the planet, according to research presented last week at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC 2013) in London. The collisions are similar but smaller in scale than the meteor explosion that...

ESA Preparing Rosetta To Rendezvous With Comet 67P
2013-09-13 16:23:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are earnestly making preparations for the Rosetta spacecraft’s rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko. A ball of ice and dust, 67P orbits the sun every 6.5 years and is estimated to be 4.5 billion years old. By studying the comet, scientists expect the Rosetta mission to provide new insights into the formation of our solar system. The ESA craft is scheduled to rendezvous...

NASA Frustrated With Computer Malfunction On Deep Impact Probe
2013-09-11 14:12:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As you probably know from personal experience, computer-related problems can be some of the most frustrating to deal with. So imagine the frustration over at NASA, where scientists are having problems with the computer on the space agency’s Deep Impact probe – currently adrift millions of miles away from Earth. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that they haven’t had contact with the deep-space probe since August 8 of this...

Asteroid Don Quixote Is Actually A Comet
2013-09-11 04:25:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When is a near-Earth asteroid not a near-Earth asteroid? When an international team of researchers discover that the object has been misidentified by the scientific community for the past three decades, and is actually a comet. The bombshell discovery was the result of an ongoing project headed up by experts from Northern Arizona University (NAU), and was presented this week at the European Planetary Science Congress 2013 in...

New Insight On Phaethon Rock Comet
2013-09-10 12:42:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Phaethon is a confusing sun-grazing asteroid, complete with a tail of dust particles similar to what is seen on a comet. But what makes it an asteroid rather than a comet? Scientists at the European Planetary Science Congress in London have helped explain this apparent conundrum. According to research presented by David Jewitt, Phaethon's tail becomes so hot when it approaches the sun that rocks on the surface crack and crumble to dust...

2013-08-26 23:23:29

Red Comet, an accredited, self-paced, online high school, launches a credit course on Veterinary Science. Prosser, WA (PRWEB) August 26, 2013 Red Comet launches a brand new elective course titled “Veterinary Science: The Care of Animals” to supplement its existing curriculum. Veterinary Science is a part of everyday life for many students with pets. Many students’ lives are affected by not only their own health but also the health of their pets. In an elementary school survey, one...

2013-08-22 23:24:56

Red Comet, an accredited, self-paced, online high school launches a credit course on Sociology I. Prosser, WA (PRWEB) August 22, 2013 Red Comet’s “Sociology I: The Study of Human Relationships” is a new elective that launched this summer to supplement the existing high school curriculum. The world is becoming more complex. How do your beliefs, values and behavior affect the people around you and the world we live in? Sociology is the study of human societies – their origins, their...

NASA Explorer Leaves Retirement Track Space Rocks
2013-08-22 09:47:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Wednesday that one member of its fleet will be coming out of retirement to become part of a project that will eventually lead to placing humans on an asteroid. The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) discovered and categorized thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being decommissioned in February 2011. That retirement will end in September when the orbiter reawakens with a new mission – to...


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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'