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Comet Discoveries Garner 2012 Edgar Wilson Award
2013-01-30 07:24:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 2012 Edgar Wilson Award for the discovery of comets by amateurs was announced this week by the Minor Planet Center, located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. The awards, created and funded by the will of the late business man Edgar Wilson of Lexington, Kentucky, have been given out for 14 consecutive years. Five recipients received plaques and cash awards this year: • Leonid Elenin of...

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

[ Watch the Video ] 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. Last November amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a different kind of comet.  The icy fuzzball he spotted in the sky over his backyard observatory in Australia was heading almost directly for the sun.  On Dec. 16th, less than three weeks...

The Beginning Of The End For Comet Lovejoy
2011-12-16 04:03:35

The SOHO spaceborne solar observatory today captured comet Lovejoy in its field of view for the first time, indicating that the icy body is on its final destructive plunge towards the Sun. Announced on 2 December, the newly discovered comet Lovejoy is on a near-collision course with the Sun and is expected to plunge to its fiery fate late on 15 December. At its closest approach, it will pass just 140 000 km above the solar surface. At that distance, the icy comet is not expected to...

First Comet Spotted By Ground-Based Telescope In Almost 40 Years
2011-12-14 11:19:11

[ Watch the Video ] Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy spotted a Kreutz family comet by using a ground-based telescope for the first time since the 1970s. Lovejoy announced he discovered C/2011 W3, or comet Lovejoy, from the ground on December 2, 2011. NASA's Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) has spotted over 2100 comets, most of which are from the Kreutz family.  This family of comets graze the solar atmosphere where they usually evaporate completely. Discovering a...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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