Rosetta Bites The Comet Dust / Aurora V3.0

At 5:19 a.m. Central time this morning, the fabulously successful Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/C-G came to an end. At that time, European mission control heard the last signal from the spacecraft before it crashed down on the comet’s surface. Now settled in for a long, long nap — one that will last an eternity…
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Rosetta Begins Free Fall To Comet 67P Today, Crash Lands Friday

The end is near! The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of Comet 67P early tomorrow morning September 30. Touchdown, or more like crunch-down, should happen within 20 minutes either side of 5:40 a.m. Central Daylight Time (10:40 a.m. Greenwich Time). Because Rosetta and…
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Mercury Joins Forces With The Aurora

Late last night I could see the start of our three-day affair with the aurora as a glow behind a low bank of clouds. Early this morning, soft flames of the stuff flickered in the belly of the northern sky as dawn swelled in the east. Yesterday’s cheery forecast for G2 geomagnetic storms still holds for both…
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Aurora Watch: A Mighty Wind Comes Our Way

Call it a gale of subatomic proportions. Once again, a gaping hole in the sun’s corona has unleashed a wind of electrons and protons bundled with magnetic energy toward the Earth. The blast touched off a minor geomagnetic storm earlier this morning with spillover expected tonight. After a lull, storming is expected to resume tomorrow morning (Sept.…
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Get Free Daily Alerts Of Close Asteroid Flybys

Like knowing what asteroid will be whizzing by Earth next? You’re in luck because now you can subscribe to the Daily Minor Planet, a brand new service that delivers daily reports on the latest asteroid happenings di-rect to your inbox. “Most people don’t realize how common asteroid flybys are,” said Matt Holman, director of the Minor…
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