Category : Comets

Comet ISON Has Been Turned Into a Newt

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Published on: December 2, 2013

Comet ISON has been turned Into a newt. Last Thursday, Comet ISON was dead. The next day someone shouted, “Look, the dead comet!” And NASA said, “The comet is not quite dead.” Then the media reported “Since the near fatal encounter with the Sun…”. And soon after, “For, since Comet […]

The Rise of the Zombie Comet

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Published on: November 29, 2013

Yesterday, Comet ISON died. Earlier today, with CNN was reporting that it was very much alivel, I looked around for some reliable source to confirm that Comet ISON has survived. So UniverseToday, SpaceWeather.com, and the BBC confirmed CNN’s story, sort of. It appears that something of ISON survived, but scientists […]

Comet ISON Appears to Have Broken Up

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Published on: November 28, 2013

Comet ISON did not survive its close passage around the Sun. Only its tail emerged from perihelion. The comet’s head had vanished, and then its massive dust and debris tail evaporated almost completely.   Updates 4:45 p.m. CST: Watch the emergence of the headless debris tail from LASCO. 3:10 p.m. […]

Comet Expected to be Naked-Eye Visible in October

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Published on: August 22, 2010

Comet 103P Hartley may surprise us in mid-October and become visible with the naked-eye.  It is currently at 10th magnitude and expected to slowly brighten over the next two months.  Current estimates place its brightness at less than magnitude 4.5 on the night of October 20th. Tonight, 103P Hartley lies […]

Detecting and Deflecting NEOs, Are We Ready?

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Published on: January 24, 2010

If a comet or an asteroid was discovered to be on a collision course with Earth could we do anything to prevent the collision? According to a new report from the National Research Council, there is little that we can do. We also do not have the resources in place […]

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