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Comet ISON May Be Gone, But Geminids Are On The Way
2013-12-09 10:36:02

[ Watch the Video: Look Up This Weekend For The Geminid Meteor Shower ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a week has passed since Comet ISON made headlines around the world when it passed the sun on Thanksgiving, keeping astronomers everywhere on the edge of their seats. Now, just in time for the holidays, the annual Geminid meteor shower is on our doorstep, promising to offer a show that may last several days. And while it may not be as impressive as...

Astronomers Capture Images Of Comet Lovejoy’s Tail
2013-12-08 06:12:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Using the Subaru Telescope in Japan, astronomers from Stony Brook University, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and other institutions have successfully captured an in-depth image of Comet Lovejoy’s ion tail. The pictures, which were obtained using a wide-field, prime-focus camera known as Suprime-Cam, show the tail’s “intricate flow” using a combination of “a wide field of view and high spatial...

Searching For What Is Left OF Comet ISON
2013-12-05 08:56:07

NASA Just prior to its closest approach to the sun on November 28, Comet ISON went through a major heating event, and likely suffered a major disruption. At this time, scientists are not sure how much of the comet survived intact. We may be seeing emission from rubble and debris in the comet's trail, along its orbit, or we may be seeing the resumption of cometary activity from a sizable nucleus-sized chunk of ISON. Most agree that up to 90 percent of ISON was destroyed, leaving...

Comet ISON Does Not Survive Perihelion, Only A Ghost Remains
2013-12-02 07:39:23

[ Watch the Video: The Life And Times Of Comet ISON ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In true soap opera fashion, the enigmatic comet ISON has followed a somewhat tumultuous lifestyle. It has kept us on the edge of our seats like a good cliffhanger, and excited us when we least expected it to. Now after and up-and-down journey through the cosmos, ISON has seemingly met its match and it its fate has been sealed once and for all. Astronomers for over a year...

Comet ISON Shows Signs Of Life After Close Encounter With Sun
2013-11-29 11:26:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last night astronomers were putting the final nail in the coffin for Comet ISON, which had been streaking toward its close encounter with the sun for months, culminating with a perihelion (closest approach of the sun) on Thanksgiving Day. Described as the “comet of the century” by some and predicted to just “fizzle out” by others, ISON has been a hot topic since it was first discovered by Russian astronomers on September...

Breaking: Comet ISON Apparently Destroyed During Journey Around Sun
2013-11-28 17:21:13

[ Watch the Video: Comet ISON Does Not Survive Sun ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Comet ISON, hailed as the “comet of the century” by space enthusiasts and armchair astronomers, was apparently done in during its final approach to the sun, according to media reports published Thursday. ISON, which spent over a million years traveling from the farthest reaches of the solar system, made its closest approach to the sun at approximately 1:40pm EST today,...

How Comet ISON Is Spending Thanksgiving With The Sun: Exclusive
2013-11-26 13:12:59

[ Watch the Video: SOHO Sees Comet ISON Appear ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON will be spending Thanksgiving Day within the sun’s grasp and it is this moment and those leading up to it that will help define the comet’s future. The journey of Comet ISON has been a cinematic one, particularly because its existence was not even known until September of last year. Since then, the comet has garnered international attention from amateur and professional...

NASA's Solar Observing Fleet Will Be Watching Comet ISON's Journey Around The Sun
2013-11-23 08:07:02

NASA It began in the Oort cloud, almost a light year away. It has traveled for over a million years. It has almost reached the star that has pulled it steadily forward for so long. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, Comet ISON will finally sling shot around the sun. Here its inward journey through the solar system will end -- either because it will break up due to intense heat and gravity of the sun, or because, still intact, it speeds back away, never to return. Catalogued as C/2012...

How The Sun Can Cook A Comet
2013-11-21 16:17:27

[ Watch the Video: NASA's Recipe On How To Cook A Comet ] NASA A comet's journey through the solar system is perilous and violent. A giant ejection of solar material from the sun could rip its tail off. Before it reaches Mars -- at some 230 million miles away from the sun -- the radiation of the sun begins to boil its water, the first step toward breaking the comet apart. And, if it survives all this, the intense radiation and pressure as it flies near to the surface of the sun...


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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