Comet Lovejoy Is Falling Apart

Oh, it’s still there, but not like it used to be. In early April, Comet C/2017 E4 Lovejoy was the ticket — bright, dense head and streak of a tail almost at the naked eye limit of visibility. Certainly it was an easy if small binocular object with a bright future, provided it held together in…
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Rubber Ducky II — Radar Reveals Spinning, Twin-Lobed Comet

When the first close range photos of Rosetta’s Comet started coming in, a few of us joked it looked just like one of those rubber ducks we played with as kids in the bathtub. Only this duck was made of porous ice and dust and 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, though I suspect it would…
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One Last Christmas Present — Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

I hope you’re having a warm and wonderful holiday today. Perhaps you’ve already opened your gifts. If so, I’ve got some good news. Christmas isn’t over yet. One package remains to be opened the next clear night — an evening sky comet named 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova. Why the long name? It was discovered by three people all about the…
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See Comet 252P/LINEAR When It Flies By Earth

252P/LINEAR is headed north! This comet has been in the news lately because it quickly brightened from near obscurity to naked eye visibility in just a week’s time. Why the sudden change? It’s on its way to a close but perfectly safe flyby of Earth tomorrow, when it will miss the planet by 14 times…
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Comet Catalina Blasts Through The Big Dipper, Says Adios!

Comet Catalina, currently the brightest comet in the sky, will be gliding across the Big Dipper this week and next as it heads toward its closest approach to Earth on January 17th at a distance of 67.4 million miles (108.4 million km). It’s about magnitude 6.5 or a bit below the naked eye limit, but visible as…
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