Comets

Fridges... In... Spaaaaaaace: Engineers Book Ride On The Vomit Comet To Test Astro-refrigerator

It's floaty floaty vom time as boffins plan prototype cooler spin on modded 727 Boffins are set to get a ride on the Zero Gravity Corporation's "weightless research lab" to test a refrigerator designed for jaunts to orbit, the Moon or even Mars.…
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The Size Of Comets And Asteroids Compared To Nyc

3D animator Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios (previously) who created a fascinating animation that visually compared the size of exceptional asteroids in our solar system to New York City skyscrapers, has followed up with an even larger...
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More Than 5,000 Tons Of Extraterrestrial Dust Fall To Earth Each Year

Every year, our planet encounters dust from comets and asteroids. These interplanetary dust particles pass through our atmosphere and give rise to shooting stars. Some of them reach the ground in the form of micrometeorites.
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A Rogue ‘pristine’ Comet Reveals Clues About The Origins Of Our Solar System

Researchers released studies on the composition of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov.The 'pristine' comet holds clues to the origins and evolution of the Solar System.The comet, discovered in 2019, is only the second interstellar object ever...
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We Finally Get To Spot A Burnt-out Comet And What Is It Covered In? Talcum Powder

We might just be witnessing a final state of these incredible space rocks Not only did a telescope on Earth spot, for the first time in history, an extinct comet on a close fly-by of our home world but scientists now reckon the space rock is covered...
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Comet 2l/borisov Is One Of The Most Pristine Comets Ever Observed

The European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope has performed new observations of comet 2l/Borisov. It’s only the second interstellar visitor ever detected in our Solar System. The ESO’s observations have also indicated that...
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First Interstellar Comet May Be The Most Pristine Ever Found

New observations indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is only the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine ever observed. Astronomers suspect that the comet most likely never...
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Astronomers Directly Measure Winds In Jupiter’s Middle Atmosphere For The First Time

European Southern Observatory (ESO) astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to directly measure winds in the middle atmosphere of Jupiter for the first time. Scientists analyzed the aftermath of a comet...
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The World’s Oldest Impact Crater May Not Actually Be A Crater

Meteorites and comets have captured the public imagination for centuries. They inspire awe when we see them shoot across the night sky — and terror at the thought that maybe, just maybe, one of them will collide with our planet. This article first...
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Comets Already Grow A Coma Out In The Kuiper Belt

Just when do comets get their signature coma? Conventional wisdom says it only happens when they get close enough to the sun, but new research suggests it starts when they are still beyond the orbit of the planets. When comets come within...
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In The Path Of Halley's Comet, Humanity Might Find Its Way Forward

The work of decoding the cosmic traveler has surprising relevance right now -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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In The Path Of Halley's Comet, Humanity Might Find Its Way Forward

The work of decoding the cosmic traveler has surprising relevance right now -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Got Oxygen? Future Mars Missions Are Relying On The Moxie Of Perseverance

The rule of thumb with planetary exploration so far has been, “What goes up, stays up.” With the exception of the Moon and a precious few sample return missions to asteroids and comets, once a spacecraft heads out, it’s never seen...
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An Asteroid Didn't Kill Off The Dinosaurs — A Comet Did

When comets pass close to the Sun, gravitational forces can rip them to pieces. One of those pieces probably hit Earth 66 million years ago, say astrophysicists.
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Nasa Says Comets Could Have Delivered Carbon To Rocky Planets

In 2016 a comet flew past the Earth known as Comet Catalina. The comet was briefly visible to astronomers on Earth before it flew past the sun and disappeared out of the solar system. While Catalina was visible, multiple observatories on Earth...
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Jupiter Has Added A Comet To Its Trojan Collection

Jupiter is notorious for capturing objects that venture too close to the gas giant and its enormous pull of gravity. Asteroids known as Jupiter Trojans are a large group of space rocks that have been snared by the planet, which usually remain in a...
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Nasa Has Never Seen A Comet Here Before

Our solar system is full of objects much smaller than planets and moons, and sometimes they show up in the strangest places. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what appears to be a comet hanging out near the group of asteroids corralled by...
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Hubble Captures A Wandering Comet Passing Through The Trojan Asteroids

Hubble Space Telescope snapped an image of an object called P/2019 LD2 which is part-comet, part-asteroid.
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Comet Makes A Pit Stop Near Jupiter's Asteroids

After traveling several billion miles toward the Sun, a wayward young comet-like object orbiting among the giant planets has found a temporary parking place along the way. The object has settled near a family of captured ancient asteroids, called...
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Did A Comet Wipe Out The Dinosaurs?

About 66 million years ago a massive chunk of rock slammed into Earth in what is the modern-day Yucatan Peninsula. The impact extinguished about 75% of all life on Earth. Most famously, it was the event that wiped out the dinosaurs. While...
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