′Oumuamua, First Interstellar Visitor, Turns Out To Be A Comet

Surprise! ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, appears to be a comet, not an asteroid. Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed that there was something affecting its motion other than the gravitational force of the sun and planets. After…
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Final Rosetta Photos Show Comet 67P In ‘Chilling’ Detail

And the meek (and little guys) shall inherit the space age. Take a look at the photos and news that have flooded science journals, youtube and online blogs and astro sites about the small fry of the solar system, asteroids and comets. How lucky to live in this time when mere points of light through…
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Must-See Video Of A Real Snow Storm On A Comet

Snow storm on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko At first I thought it was fake, but the source is the European Space Agency and the images are real. You’re seeing a sequence of still photos taken by the Rosetta spacecraft as it orbited Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on June 1, 2016. Individual photos were compiled into a short animation by Twitter…
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See What Comets And Blizzards Have In Common

If you’ve ever driven through a snowstorm you know how disorienting it can be. Millions of flakes rebounding off your windshield. White-out conditions. It’s not so different for a spacecraft orbiting a comet. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission had a similar experience, for more than two years, as it flew alongside Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko between 2014…
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Interstellar Misfit ‘Oumuamua Could Be Dormant Comet

Astronomers haven’t taken their eyes off the interstellar asteroid better known as ‘Oumuamua since its discovery in late October. Now more than twice the distance of Earth from the sun and ultra-faint at magnitude 27, it continues its headlong flight out of our solar system. From whence it came we don’t know, but its boomerang-shaped…
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