According to a new study by a team of Harvard researchers, there could be thousands of interstellar asteroids like ‘Oumuamua in the Solar System, which has implications for the spread of life.
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The ESA recently released images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft when it witnessed a “snowstorm” while making a flyby of Comet 67P
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Yeah, we’re still all waiting for that next great “Comet of the Century” to make its presence known. In the meantime, we’ve had a steady stream of good binocular comets over the past year both expected and new, including Comet C/2017 O1 ASASSN1 (name and link), 45/P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková and Comet 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák (links). Now, another newcomer Comet Heinze is set to bring 2017 in over the finish line.
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Thanks to the efforts of a team of professional and amateur astronomers, the first extra-solar comets have been observed.
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Astronomers have found a comet with a possible interstellar trajectory. Comet C/2017 U1 PANSTARRS seems to have come from outside the Solar System.
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ESA scientists have found one additional image from the Rosetta spacecraft hiding in the telemetry. This new image was found in the last bits of data sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last year. The new image shows a close-up shot of the rocky, pebbly surface of […]
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Based on data provided by the Gaia mission, a new study has indicated when close encounters will take place between our Sun and other stars in the future.
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A new comet discovery crept up on us this past weekend, one that should be visible for northern hemisphere observers soon.
The discovery: We’re talking about Comet C/2017 O1 ASAS-SN, a long period comet currently visiting the inner solar system.
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A new study has indicated that the famous Wow! signal may have been caused by a comet, though not all are convinced with its findings
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Summer is almost here, and for the northern hemisphere, that means warm nights for observing. But what to observe? We’re here with a list of events and targets for you to enjoy over the summer. Get your calendars handy, and start organizing some events with your friends, and then get out there! Visit the Astronomy […]
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