…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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
#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