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Hubble hints that interstellar object is a comet

Observations made by the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories indicate that the cigar-shaped interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua got an unexpected boost in speed and a shift in its trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last … Continue reading

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Scientists say Pluto was made from a billion comets

Did Pluto form like its closer-in brethren in the solar system, or is it the result of an agglomeration of comets from the edge of the solar system? A study published in the journal Icarus makes the case for comets. To reach … Continue reading

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Animated GIF shows ‘snow’ on Rosetta’s comet

#ROSETTA 😍 OSIRIS #67P/CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO new albums 😍–ROSETTA EXTENSION 2 MTP030– Miércoles 1 Junio 2016 all filters stacked pic.twitter.com/Bf173Z5g79 — landru79 (@landru79) April 23, 2018 It’s been 19 months since the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko ended, but the … Continue reading

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Go to a comet? Or Titan? NASA sets up showdown

A rotorcraft that could flit around the Saturnian moon Titan and a probe that could bring a sample back from an already-famous comet have emerged as top prospects for a future NASA mission. Those two mission concepts were selected for … Continue reading

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How to spot a lunar eclipse and that comet

Tonight’s the night when a lunar eclipse dims the full moon, and when a recently discovered green comet comes closest to our planet. But unless you know what’s coming, you’re almost certain to miss them. You may miss them anyway, … Continue reading

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Mission to a comet ends with bittersweet bang

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe today descended to a mission-ending impact on the comet that it followed for more than two years. The car-sized probe continued to transmit data as it dove toward the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 446 million miles … Continue reading

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Long-lost lander located in a comet’s crack

After almost two years’ of searching, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has shown scientists what happened to the Philae lander when itbounced onto the surface of a comet – and why it went out of contact. The answer to the … Continue reading

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