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Landing on a comet

I must say, I was very intrigued with the whole landing-on-a-comet mission from the European Space Agency (ESA – Europe’s NASA). It spurred memories of the asteroid busting movie “Armageddon”. 367 more words


Introducing Luke Dones

Luke grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Harvard, where he majored in physics. He got his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis dealt with density waves in Saturn’s rings and the photometric properties of the rings as seen in Voyager images. 100 more words


November 28 - 20000 Varuna

We hurtle way beyond the asteroid belt today, for a change, to celebrate the discovery of 20000 Varuna, first spotted on November 28th 2000 by Robert S Macmillan, despite appearing on photographic plates dating back to the 1950s. 115 more words

Going On Up There Then

Astronomers Find Evidence Of Two Undiscovered Planets In Our Solar System

November 16, 2014 | by Stephen Luntz

Photo credit: Lexicon viawikimedia commons. The most distant of these outer solar system objects share a trait that hints at an unknown planet. 579 more words

The Sun

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Strange Visitors From the Edge of the Solar System

The term “Oort Cloud” may be obscure for many people, but it’s familiar terrain for astronomy buffs. It’s a giant spherical swarm of trillions of proto-comets, lurking at the outer fringes of the Solar System, so far away that it may stretch a quarter of the way to the nearest star. 638 more words

TOUCHDOWN ! Rosetta's Philae Probe Touches Down on a Comet !

ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). 1,196 more words


Hubble Finds New Targets for New Horizons Past Pluto

Source: Hubblesite.org

Time-lapse Hubble images of two new Kuiper Belt objects that are potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft after it finishes its Pluto mission. 537 more words