March 6, 2014

What’s So Weird About A New Comet?

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE, found its first comet since coming out of hibernation, Comet C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE). Yeah, not a very spectacular name. This never-before-seen comet is a real weirdo, say astronomers! This particular comet has a retrograde orbit, meaning that it orbits the Sun in the opposite way that Earth and the other planets do. NASA brought NEOWISE out of retirement to help with the effort to identify potentially hazardous objects that are near to Earth.

[ Read the Article: NEOWISE Finds Its First Comet ]

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