Latest Schwassmann-Wachmann Stories
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.
The continuing disintegration of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 has allowed ESA scientists to see into the interior of the comet. Using a revolutionary camera attached to the ESA Optical Ground Station on Tenerife, they have followed the detailed twists and turns of various comet fragments.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is providing astronomers with extraordinary views of comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which is falling apart right before our eyes.
On the night of April 23 to 24, ESO's Very Large Telescope observed fragment B of the comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 that had split a few days earlier, and discovered it had split again!
- totally perplexed and mixed up.