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Listening For Rosetta
2014-01-20 08:22:40

On Monday 20 January, ESA’s comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta will wake up from 31 months of deep space slumber. ESA will streaming live from ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, with full coverage of the day’s historic events as they unfold, starting at 09:15 GMT (10:15 CET) Rosetta’s computer is programmed to re-establish contact with Earth on 20 January, starting with an ‘alarm clock’ at 10:00 GMT. Immediately afterwards, the spacecraft’s startrackers will begin to warm up, taking...

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Days Away From Waking Up For Comet Visit
2014-01-16 12:39:35

[ Watch the Video: Comet Mission Gets Ready For Rendezvous ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is less than a week away from waking up from a deep hibernation to explore a comet, in what is being hailed as a first-of-its-kind attempt. Rosetta has been catching up to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko since it launched in 2004. During its journey, the spacecraft has used the gravitational pull of Earth and...

Hundreds Witness Bright Fireball Blaze A Trail Over New England
2014-01-14 09:10:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of people have reported seeing a bright fireball blazing a trail across the early evening sky on Sunday, January 12. The fiery visitor, which appeared brighter than the near full moon for most people, streaked across the sky at around 5:20 p.m. EST, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS). Most witness reports had come from Connecticut, but people from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey,...

Asteroid Discovery Comes After NASA Reactivates NEOWISE
2014-01-08 10:07:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Considering NASA’s recent budget cuts, re-purposing the space agency’s assets is more important than ever. One asset re-purposed by NASA, the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), has made its first discovery since coming out of hibernation last year: a never-before-seen asteroid dubbed 2013 YP139. Formerly known as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), the orbiter was shut down in 2011 after...

2014-01-07 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut...

Asteroid Hunter Reactivated, Returns First Images
2013-12-20 05:09:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Near-Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft, or NEOWISE for short, made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets during its first tour of service. Now, NEOWISE has returned to service, and has sent its first set of test images back to Earth in preparation for a renewed mission. More than 34,000 asteroids were discovered, and 158,000 were characterized throughout the solar system during...

Ursids To Light Up Night Skies One Week After Geminid Meteor Shower
2013-12-17 09:06:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last weekend the night skies were lit up by the annual Geminid meteor shower. While not as brilliant and spectacular, another meteor shower is peaking this upcoming weekend, promising to give backyard astronomers a show of around 10 meteors per hour. The annual Ursid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 21, but will be occurring from December 17 to the 25th. The shower will be appearing to radiate out of the constellation of...

Clay Minerals Found On Europa
2013-12-11 15:38:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Jupiter’s icy moon Europa appears to have clay-type minerals on its surface, according to new data from NASA’s Galileo mission. Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco say they have identified clay-like minerals on Europa for the first time. This finding could also imply that Europa carries organic materials. "Organic materials, which are important building blocks for life, are often found in comets...

Comet ISON Lives On In Scientific Data
2013-12-10 19:54:10

[ Watch the Video: Comet ISON - Gone But Not Forgotten ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While the general public is disappointed about the outcome of comet ISON’s perihelion, scientists are thrilled in the data this object was able to bring to the community. Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, and predictions showed it had a 50/50 shot whether or not the comet would survive. Days after perihelion, scientists saw that only a...

ESA Says Its Time To 'Wake Up Rosetta' And It Wants Your Help
2013-12-10 14:12:55

[ Watch the video: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey In Space ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is kicking off a “Wake Up Rosetta” campaign to celebrate the end of its comet-chasing spacecraft’s 31-month-long hibernation. Rosetta is nearing its final destination, comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko, after spending nearly a decade traveling towards it. The spacecraft will be rendezvousing with the comet in August 2014 and subsequently...


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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