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Comet ISON Lives On In Scientific Data
2013-12-10 19:54:10

[ Watch the Video: Comet ISON - Gone But Not Forgotten ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While the general public is disappointed about the outcome of comet ISON’s perihelion, scientists are thrilled in the data this object was able to bring to the community. Comet ISON made its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, and predictions showed it had a 50/50 shot whether or not the comet would survive. Days after perihelion, scientists saw that only a...

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...

comet ison
2013-11-15 07:05:33

NASA Science Comet ISON is now inside the orbit of Earth as it plunges headlong toward the sun for a fiery close encounter on Nov. 28th. Although the comet is not yet as bright as many forecasters predicted, the comet is putting on a good show for observatories around the solar system. NASA spacecraft and amateur astronomers alike are snapping crisp pictures of the comet's gossamer green atmosphere and filamentary double-tail. Because ISON has never passed through the inner solar system...

Hubble Video Shows Comet ISON Approach
2013-07-02 14:46:00

Watch the video "Hubble View Of Comet ISON" Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON is on course to potentially light up our night skies in November as it makes a close pass by our Sun. However, we don't have to wait until November to get some cosmic eye candy to go along with our Independence Day festivities. NASA released a new movie (see above) showing a sequence of Hubble Space Telescope observations taken over 43 minutes as the comet hurtles through space...

Comet Lovejoy Provides Rare Data
2013-06-07 14:36:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The intrepid comet Lovejoy flew right into the Sun's violent atmosphere and lived to tell scientists the story and help them understand more about our local star. In December 2011, comet Lovejoy plowed into the Sun's atmosphere, withstanding temperatures that would have obliterated any man-made object. Telescope images taken of the comet's miraculous feat showed how the comet's tail was pulled about by an intense magnetic field. This...

Swift Gets Better Picture Of Comet ISON
2013-03-29 18:59:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet Pan-STARRS lit up our skies during March, but another comet is on its way that is expected to outshine it. Comet ISON has the potential to become a marvel for astronomers everywhere, possibly even becoming so bright it shines in the daytime. Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory used NASA's Swift satellite to size up Comet ISON and make initial estimates of the comet's water...

Comet PANSTARRS Arrives In March
2013-03-06 09:00:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This March sky gazers will be treated to another special celestial event as comet Pan-STARRS C/2011 L4 becomes visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere. According to astronomers from the University of Hawaii, the comet should become visible from about March 7 just above the horizon. In order to see the comet, you will need to find dark skies away from the lights of the city. Scientists say that this comet will have a...

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

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Comet of the Century ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A comet discovered by Russian astronomers last September could blossom into one of the stargazing highlights of the year, NASA officials announced on Friday. Comet ISON, which was found by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok of Roscosmos and named in honor of their International Scientific Optical Network night-sky survey program, is currently located near Jupiter. For...


Word of the Day
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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