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comet 209P LINEAR
2014-05-29 23:03:03

Researchers from the Universities Space Research Association observed the comet 209P/LINEAR which was responsible for the recent Camelopardalids meteor shower of May 2014. Comets rarely come this close to Earth, making it an extraordinary opportunity to get images of the surface. Arecibo, Puerto Rico (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 The Arecibo Observatory planetary radar system observed periodic comet 209P/LINEAR from May 23 through May 27, 2014, finding it to be about 2.4 by 3 km kilometers (1.5 x...

Possible Meteor Observed In Midwestern US On December 26
2013-12-30 06:51:05

[ Watch the Video: Possible Meteor Seen In Parts Of The US ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online More than 1,000 people reported seeing a fireball in the skies over Iowa and Minnesota on December 26, with footage of the incident being captured by security cameras and the National Weather Service (NWS), various media outlets reported over the weekend. According to Adam Withnall of The Independent, eyewitnesses reported that the object was approximately as bright...

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...

Hubble Provides Great View Of Comet ISON
2013-04-24 08:46:26

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Comet ISON Meteor Shower ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have been given the clearest view yet of a comet that is supposed to light up the skies later this year. Comet ISON is expected to create a spectacular show in the night sky in November, and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided scientists with a great preview, months before its premier debut. Comet ISON is a "dirty snowball," meaning it is a...

While Comet ISON’s eagerly anticipated encounter with the sun won’t even happen until November, it seems as though the fireball is already prepping a special encore performance for stargazers here on Earth.
2013-04-20 06:54:26

[WATCH VIDEO: Comet ISON Meteor Shower] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While Comet ISON´s eagerly anticipated encounter with the sun won´t even happen until November, it seems likely the fireball is already prepping a special encore performance for stargazers here on Earth. In January, the US space agency´s Swift spacecraft observed the comet ISON while it was still near the orbit of Jupiter. Even then, it had already become extremely...

Massive Meteor Explodes Over Russia: Buildings Damaged, Hundreds Injured
2013-02-15 08:57:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor streaked across Russia´s early morning skies on Friday before violently exploding, sending a rain of debris onto the Earth below. The flash and boom shattered windows and meteor particles left damage in its wake, injuring more than 900 people in the Ural Mountains region. Marina Mokvicheva, regional health minister in Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that had felt the brunt of the impact, told the Washington Post that...

Revisiting Comet Halley
2012-11-26 10:52:46

ESA Comet Halley, the originator of the Orionids meteor shower that lit up our skies last month — as they do every October — is seen here up close by ESA´s Giotto probe as it flew past the famous comet on 13—14 March 1986. Giotto was ESA´s first deep-space mission. It swept within 600 km of Halley, obtaining the first close-up images of a comet. Comets are considered to be the primitive building blocks of the Solar System and likely helped to...

Meteor Event Causes Sunday Morning Hubbub In Nevada, California
2012-04-23 06:57:11

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com Residents in parts of Nevada and California were treated to a rare daytime celestial event that awoke some on Sunday morning with a loud explosion, according to a Fox News report. The event -- a meteor streaking across the morning sky -- was followed by hundreds of calls to 911 centers in the area reporting a deafening explosion, while some reported seeing the fireball blazing across the sky. The “big boom,” as it became quickly known...

Meteor Seen In Skies Over Arizona, Nevada and Southern California
2011-09-15 06:29:08

  Arizona, Nevada and Southern California residents got a brilliantly bright treat Wednesday night as a possible fragment of an asteroid entered Earth´s atmosphere and streaked across the southwestern sky, according to a NASA scientist, after dozens of eyewitness reports were taken. Residents from Phoenix to Las Vegas reported to local authorities and various media outlets that they had seen a bright light moving quickly across the night sky west to east at around 7:45 pm PDT...

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2011-08-15 09:45:00

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a sky watching ritual with star gazers and photographers out in abundance every year for the light show. There have been uncountable photographs of this event over the years, but a fresh take on this is now available. NASA astronaut Ron Garan found himself in a unique position for this annual show, above the meteor and looking down from the International Space Station (ISS) as the space rocks turned to flame and fell through the atmosphere. Garan makes...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lyra Constellation -- Lyra (the lyre) is a prominent, although fairly small, northern constellation. It was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and also counts among the modern 88 constellations. Its brightest star is Vega (Alpha Lyrae), which together with Altair (Alpha Aquilae) and Deneb (Alpha Cygni) forms the large asterism known as the Summer Triangle. Beta Lyr is a half separated (i.e. one of the stars reached its Rochevolume) eclipsing binary of a cream-white colour. The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Comet Tempel-Tuttle -- Comet Tempel-Tuttle is an inherently faint and typically unspectacular comet that has only been observed on a few apparitions over the past 600 years. Its most recent apparition was in 1998, when it reached perihelion on February 28. As expected, it showed little activity, and only a small tail. However, further inspection shows that this comet is more interesting than the first glance suggests. Its orbit is oriented in such a way that the comet makes a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Comet Encke -- Because of its proximity to the Sun and its stable orbit, comet Encke is probably one of the most evolved comets that still remains active. It may represent a transition object between an active comet and the defunct comets that are thought to make up a significant percentage of the near-Earth asteroid population. The orbit of comet Encke is very stable both in its size and orientation because it can pass no closer to Jupiter than about 0.9 AU. This orbital stability...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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