All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Comet’

Philae Gets A Google Doodle (Already)

Philae, European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission probe, has soft-landed on a comet. This is the first time in history this has been done. It didn’t take Google long to whip up a Doodle to celebrate this amazing feat. “Our ambitious Rosetta mission has secured a place in the history books: not only is it the first to rendezvous with …

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Meteor Storm Not Over: Watch For Comet Caboose Weds.

Did you witness the witching hour light show in the sky this morning? Me neither. It’s always nice to see these kinds of events live; but if you’re like me, you might have missed the Camelopardalid meteor shower on account of cloudy skies. Lucky for the both of us, media capturing the cosmic firework display was posted all over the …

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Rosetta Spacecraft Successfully Reactivated

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the Rosetta spacecraft has successfully reactivated. The probe has been traveling in a suspended state beyond the orbit of Jupiter since June 2011. Rosetta’s internal alarm functioned as planned and the spacecraft was able to reboot itself this morning before sending a signal to Earth. Later this year the spacecraft will approach …

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Fate of Comet ISON Still Undetermined

More than one week on from comet ISON‘s close approach to the sun, astronomers are still working hard to determine what exactly happened to the object. The comet approached the sun on November 28 after traveling for millions of years from outside our solar system. NASA and ESA researchers used a wide array of instruments to capture the comet’s approach, …

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Comet ISON Moving Closer to Sun for Thanksgiving

Many are preparing to draw closer together on Thanksgiving, and that includes space interaction as well. Comet ISON, which has more popularly been referred to as the “comet of the century” is currently continuing on the pathway to approach the sun’s vicinity. The closest encounter will be on November 28th, which just happens to also be Thanksgiving. The comet is …

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Leonid Meteor Shower Expected This Weekend

The long awaited annual mid-November Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend. The only problem is that the full moon’s glare may obstruct the annual celestial show. Assuming that the skies are clear during the peak viewing times, which will be just before the dawn on Sunday morning, you might just see Leonid streaks as well as a comet called …

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Comet ISON – Find It With An App

The super comet ISON is burning brighter as it gets closer to earth and if you want to see it before it passes and is gone for good, the time is now. ISON is now visible with the naked eye and is scheduled to come its closest to the sun on Thanksgiving. The comet was first spotted last year by …

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Rosetta Spacecraft to Wake Up In January

The European Space Agency (ESA) today marked a milestone in the Rosetta mission to study comets. After being launched nearly one decade ago the spacecraft is now nearing its main objective, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In 100 days time, the Rosetta probe will awake and begin the final leg of its journey to the comet. According to the ESA, the spacecraft has …

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Comet ISON: Will it Be “Comet of the Century”?

Comet ISON was set to be the “comet of the century”, but with just two months to go before peak viewing, which will be Thanksgiving day in the U.S., some scientists say that the sizzle just won’t be there, according to space.com. However, some say that it will earn its title. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to find …

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NASA: Deep Impact Spacecraft Officially Dead

Earlier this month, NASA revealed that its scientists and engineers were still attempting to contact the Deep Impact spacecraft. Contact with the probe was lost in early August, and researchers now believe Deep Impact suffered a software glitch, causing its computers to constantly reboot. With the spacecraft unable to control its attitude, NASA’s attempts to contact the probe were made …

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NASA Still Trying to Contact Lost Deep Impact Spacecraft

NASA today provided a brief update about the Deep Impact spacecraft, which the agency has lost contact with. NASA scientists and engineers are still attempting to contact the probe, but have had no success. Just over one month ago, on August 8, NASA lost contact with the Deep Impact spacecraft. The agency now believes that the probe’s software has glitched, …

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Amazon Options Movie About Comet The Non-Red-Nosed Reindeer

Amazon Studios, Amazon’s original content production arm, announced today that it has optioned a film project called Comet, a movie about one of Santa’s reindeer not named Rudolph. Yes, it’s been done before. Kind of: But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a very different story. Besides, Prancer came out in 1989. Comet is described as “the underdog story of …

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