Miss out on comet 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková? Is Comet 2P Encke too low in the dawn sky for your current latitude? (links) Well the Universe is providing us northerners with another shot at a fine binocular comet, as 41P Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák glides through Ursa Major this week.
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Miss out on Comet 45/P Honda-Mrkos-Padadušáková last month? We’ll admit, it was fairly underwhelming in binoculars… but fear not, there’s several other binocular comets in the pipeline for 2017.
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Analysis by a team of international researchers has found an asteroid pair has formed tails after they split, making them more like comets than asteroids.
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The Rosetta mission’s close-up views of the curiously-shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have already changed some long-held ideas about comets. But here’s more: there’s a ‘wind’ blowing across the comet’s surface, creating moving shifting dunes. “The approach to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by the spacecraft Rosetta has revealed the presence of astonishing dune-like patterns,” wrote Philippe Claudin, of the […]
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Watch Comet 45P pirouette end over end in this detailed radar view of the comet’s nucleus.
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Hankering for some cometary action? An interplanetary interloper pays us a visit this weekend, sliding swiftly through the pre-dawn northern hemisphere sky.
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The possible detection of comets in the nearby star system of HD 172555 could shed light on how comets behaved in the early Solar System, which could have implications in the search for extra-terrestrial life.
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NASA’s NEOWISE mission has been responsible for many interesting finds, the latest of which are two possible comets that could be visible from Earth.
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How to see a bright, returning comet at dusk not far from Venus.
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A comprehensive guide to astronomical oppositions, occultations, eclipses, comets and more for 2017.
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