Meet Kenneth And Juliette, The Comet Carbon Duo

Most of us really don’t care for dust. It’s something to blow off, swipe away with your hand or vacuum up. But dust is where it’s at when it comes to Rosetta’s Comet. By studying what’s in the tiny particles that vaporize off the comet, scientists have made a marvelous discovery. Two particles, playfully named…
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Asteroid Griseldis Grows A Tail!

Many if not all the meteorites found on Earth came from collisions between asteroids. Asteroids with diameters of around 12 miles (20 km) suffer a strike from another body once every 10 million years on average. If the crackup happens at high speed, the asteroid shatters to pieces with rocks and dust blasted into space to form…
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Meteor Allure! Leonid Shower Peaks Nov. 17-18

Ah, November. What better time to ease into a reclining chair, look up and enjoy a few flashing meteors. As long as you remember to get up the hour before dawn and dress warmly! The annual Leonid meteor shower will deliver 10-15 meteors an hour when it peaks this coming Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (Nov. 17-18)…
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Tune In To The Orionids, Brought To You By Halley’s Comet

Remember Halley’s Comet? It’s more than 3.1 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth, but it’s influence will be felt this week when dust deposited by the comet along its orbit comes crashing into our atmosphere as the Orionid meteor shower. Those teeny rocks will be moving fast, too. Orionids race in at 148,000 miles an hour…
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The Zodiacal Light Invites You Out Tonight

Sunrise still comes early but not so early that you can’t find a way to view one of early fall’s most fascinating phenomena, the zodiacal light. It shows up best about a half hour before the start of dawn in the eastern sky. What am I talking about? Comet dust … with a bit of asteroid…
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