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

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.

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

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.

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

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 astronomers around the world; and while much is known about the comet even more is unknown.

Comet ISON May Or May Not Put On A Show
2013-11-18 15:55:32

Comet ISON has sprouted wings, which may suggest the nucleus of ISON is breaking apart.

Amateur Astronomers Can Now Observe An Approaching Comet ISON
2013-09-25 12:35:52

Comet ISON is getting closer and closer to making its close encounter with the sun on Thanksgiving Day, and amateur astronomers are gearing up to take every opportunity they can to observe the celestial object between now and then.

Comet ISON Still On Track For Fall Spectacle: Exclusive
2013-09-19 14:25:38

It is a tricky balance, because comets have been notorious for disappointment in the past, particularly when media grabs hold of the subject and helps hype up events like this.

Comet Coming To A Backyard Near You In March
2013-02-08 04:52:57

Backyard astronomers and star watching enthusiasts need to be on the lookout in March for a comet that could possibly be seen with the naked-eye.

Comet ISON To Pass Through Sun's Atmosphere In November
2013-01-19 07:48:01

A comet discovered by Russian astronomers last September could blossom into one of the stargazing highlights of the year, NASA officials announced on Friday.

Some Comets Like It Hot
2012-01-13 11:08:23

Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight. The deepest cold is their natural habitat.

Comet Survives Close Encounter With Our Sun
2011-12-18 06:18:30

On December 16, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.