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Comet Find Is NEOWISE's First Since Activation
2014-03-01 06:14:41

[ Watch the Video: What's So Weird About A New Comet? ] DC Agle, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet - its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year. "We are so pleased to have discovered this frozen visitor from the outermost reaches of our solar system," said Amy Mainzer, the mission's principal investigator from NASA's Jet Propulsion...

Comet Discovered By European Astronomers
2014-02-12 10:26:54

European Space Agency A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe’s Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey team has been credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ in recognition of the teamwork involved in the find. The comet was unexpectedly discovered on February 1, 2014 during a routine set of observations using the 1 m-diameter telescope at ESA’s...

ESA Says Rosetta Comet Chasing Spacecraft Is Fully Awake
2014-01-30 10:10:32

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Mission Is On Track To Rendezvous With Comet ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After more than a week of post-hibernation tests and check-ups, the European Space Agency has announced that its comet-chasing craft Rosetta is fully operational and ready to begin the active stage of its mission to study and land a probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. “We were most concerned about power, and seeing if the solar arrays were...

NASA Preparing Martian Spacecraft For Close Passing Comet
2014-01-29 10:41:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at NASA said they are busy prepping for observations of a comet that is expected to streak across the Martian sky later this year. Comet Siding Spring, officially dubbed C/2013 A1, is projected to pass about 10 times closer to Mars than any identified comet has ever flown past Earth. "Our plans for using spacecraft at Mars to observe comet Siding Spring will be coordinated with plans for how the orbiters will duck and...

space dust
2014-01-27 04:25:05

[ Watch the Video: What Could Be Raining Down Life In Our Solar System? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dust that originates from comets, asteroids and leftover debris from the birth of the Solar System could deliver water and organic material to the Earth and other terrestrial planets, according to a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper. In the study, researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth...

rosetta and comet
2014-01-25 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The countdown is on for the instruments on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, as the ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, a microwave thermometer and a plasma analyzer are scheduled to be activated in early March, NASA announced on Friday. Rosetta, which woke up Monday following a 31-month deep space slumber, is scheduled to become the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. The...

2014-01-24 16:20:16

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation. U.S. mission managers are scheduled to activate their instruments on the...

asteroid tracks
2014-01-24 08:58:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once a hibernating craft drifting silently through space, NEOWISE was repurposed and reactivated last month with a new mission – find asteroids and other potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEO). On Thursday, NASA announced that the probe has identified 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 NEOs and four comets, in its first 25 days of operation. Three of these NEOs are new discoveries measuring hundreds of feet in...

2014-01-22 16:20:23

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions of its icy surface warm slightly. Ceres is classified as a dwarf planet, a solar system body bigger than an asteroid...

Comet Chaser Rosetta Phones Home
2014-01-20 14:11:14

[ Watch the Video: Rosetta Has Awoken! ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that its Rosetta spacecraft has finally woken up after its long deep space slumber. The comet chaser phoned home on Monday afternoon for the first time in 31 months. Rosetta is now just months away from its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. “We have our comet-chaser back,” Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of...


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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