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  • Comets around Beta Pictoris
    Astronomers observe nearly 500 exocomets around nearby star
    Comets have been in the news a lot recently, with the ongoing investigation of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft and the close flyby of Mars by comet Siding Spring this past week. But there is also another comet discovery ...
  • Comet 67P UFO
    Rosetta comet radio signals and UFO claims spark controversy
    The Huffington Post today attempted to debunk claims that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is transmitting radio signals and may in fact be an ancient spaceship. Post writer Michael Rundle picked up on an earlier September 29 story released on the...
  • Rosetta landing site
    Landing site selected for first-ever attempt to land on a comet
    A landing site has now been chosen for the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander, Philae, on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, it was announced last Monday,After several candidate landing sites had been considered, site J has now been selected...
  • A scientist examines the Stardust spacecraft's Aerogel collector
    Researchers find possible interstellar particles returned by Stardust spacecraft
    A team of researchers including scientists from UC Berkeley and NASA Ames Research Center announced on Thursday that seven microscopic interstellar dust particles have been discovered among samples collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft....
  • Tsunami debris ridges - South Atlantic
    Evidence of a massive tsunami on South Atlantic Coast
    These geological formations suggest that a wall of water, at least 100 feet high, swept into the interior of Georgia. It was at least 70 feet high in northeast Florida. The catastrophic wave could have been much higher. Residents of the South...
  • ESA's Rosetta probe activated, sends pictures
    ESA's Rosetta probe activated, sends pictures
    On March 27, the European Space Agency announced that its Rosetta spacecraft has taken its first pictures of its destination since being activated from deep-space hibernation on Jan. 20.The two images of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko were...
  • Why Comets?
    Comets, exoplanets and undiscovered worlds
    “Why study comets? One reason is that in the public’s eye, they’re very spectacular, and a really bright one comes on average every ten years,” said Dr. Michael F. A’Hearn from the University of Maryland at College...
  • Comethit-Sandia
    Two comet impacts altared North America's history
    A thousand years ago the coasts of North America and Western Europe were devastated by the impact of an object or objects from space. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed by a combination of superheated steam and supersonic particles in...
  • ESA Rosetta wake up January 20
    ESA's Rosetta probe in good health, Philae lander will sleep until March
    The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe has just woken up after over2 years in hibernation mode at a distance of nearly half a billion miles from Earth. Why the sudden awakening? Simple: it's time to chase the target: Comet...
  • ESA Rosetta wake up January 20
    ESA's Rosetta probes wakes up for comet landing
    The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe has just woken up after over2 years in hibernation mode at a distance of nearly half a billion miles from Earth. Why the sudden awakening? Simple: it's time to chase the target: Comet...
  • Death of a comet
    Comet ISON dies keep the faith
    There is no other astronomical event that has the potential to disappoint more than a great comet. Seeing a great comet is an experience one never forgets. It changes you. For those of us who have seen a great comet the disappointment with ISON is...
  • comet ison melt break apart picture video
    Cancel the comet parties, Comet ISON is dead
    Forget any comet watches planned for the morning next week: Comet ISON is undeniably dead (for real!). Four days after seemingly resurrecting after a melting event on Thanksgiving, Comet ISON is dead for a second time, this time permanently. The...
  • comet ison melt break apart picture video
    Comet ISON is dead: what happened?
    Four days after seemingly resurrecting after a melting event on Thanksgiving, Comet ISON is dead for a second time, this time permanently. The latest videos from the SOHO solar observatory are showing Comet ISON to be no more than just a cloud of...
  • Comet ISON
    Still hope for Comet ISON
    Scientists still hope that Comet ISON will brilliantly pass by the Earth despite losing material in its close pass of the sun late in November. The comet was predicted to be one of the brightest in at least one hundred years, but has not lived up...
  • Comet ISON survives
    Comet ISON arises like Phoenix from the dead – now what for Xmas?
    On U.S. Thanksgiving Day, Comet ISON survived perihelion – its closest approach to the sun. Initial observations from NASA scientists were that ISON did not survive perihelion as it disappeared into the sun’s shadow. Unexpectedly,...