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Once Upon a Time There Was a Spacecraft Called Rosetta…

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…and that time is now! ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is just over a mere two weeks away from its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (which has recently surprised everyone with its binary “rubber duckie” shape) and the excitement continues to grow — and rightfully so, since after ten years traveling through the Solar System Rosetta is finally going […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:30:22 +0000

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's Epic Crash with Jupiter in Pictures

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Fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck planet Jupiter in July 1994.
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:55:39 EDT

Comet Resembles 'Rubber Ducky' in European Spacecraft Views (Photos, Video)

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The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has gotten its best look yet at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with which it will rendezvous early next month. And the results are surprising, researchers said.
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:05:01 EDT

Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

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I thought the photos earlier this week were amazing.  This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed’ or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet’s complex shape even more clearly as Rosetta nudges ever closer to its target. Some have likened it to a duck, a boot and even a […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:22 +0000

Take That, Jupiter! Planet's Great Comet Crash of 1994 Recalled

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From July 16 to 22, 1994, more than 20 fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 pelted Jupiter's atmosphere. It marked the first time humans had witnessed a collision between two bodies in the solar system.
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:21:44 EDT

Split Comet is Rotating - 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko | Video Loop

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Imaged on 14 July 2014 by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, this movie compiles 36 interpolated images each separated by 20 minutes, providing a 360° preview of the complex shape of the comet.
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:09:12 EDT

ISON Stopped Making Dust Just Before It Passed By The Sun And Disintegrated

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Last year’s Thanksgiving adventure for astronomers happened when Comet ISON passed within 1.2 million kilometres (750,000 miles) of the Sun. While many people were hoping the comet would stick around and produce a good show, the comet disintegrated despite a brief flare-up shortly after passing perihelion. Scientists have just modelled the production of dust on […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:47:46 +0000

Comet ISON's Death Dive Revisited | Video

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Researchers have studied imagery from ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft and concluded that the comet stopped producing gas and dust shortly before it past the Sun. In other words, ISON was DOA.
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:44:06 EDT

Rosetta’s Lander Facing An Unexpected Comet Shape: A Double Nucleus

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It appears that Rosetta’s comet has a double nucleus. A video from the spacecraft speeding towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows what looks two lobes touching each other, which could send a small wrinkle in the plans to land Philae on the comet’s surface later this year. Edit: As of 12:15 p.m. EDT, the video has been […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:42:16 +0000

Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

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Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it’s back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:00:52 +0000

Rosetta’s Comet Looks Like A Kidney Flying Through Space

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Up for a little abstract art, anyone? The latest images of the nucleus of Rosetta’s comet makes it look like the celestial object is a kidney. Or perhaps a bean. But regardless of what you “see” in the shape, scientists agree that the comet’s heart certainly isn’t round. It’s a tantalizing view as the spacecraft […]
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:57:37 +0000

Rosetta Mission Contest Offers Trip To Landing Event, ESA Swag | Video

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#RosettaAreWeThereYet is a European Space Agency sponsored photo contest to support the last leg of the probe's journey to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Learn more about it and enter the contest here: http://goo.gl/1N4wqX
  • By: SPACE.com
  • On: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:27:27 EDT

SOHO Highlights of Comet ISON

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