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They Just Found The Building Blocks Of Life On Rosetta’s Comet!

Scientists announced on Friday that the Rosetta spacecraft has detected crucial ingredients for life on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which it has been probing for almost two years. 139 more words

Crazy Science

A Selfie with Aliens

Look beyond a constellation’s wink,
And fiddle with your telescope’s lens,
Now take a sip from your cold drink,
As you will find the rarest of gems, 91 more words


May 29 - 72 Feronia

Yet another asteroid day.  Today we have 72 Feronia, discovered on May 29 1861 by the German-American astronomer Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, who went on to find another 47, so he must deserve a birthday shout-out on September 19. 94 more words


May 28 - 99 Dike

Asteroid 99 Dike was the first of many asteroids (and the occasional comet) to be discovered by Alphonse Borrelly from his Marseilles observatory. This one was spotted on May 28th 1868.  52 more words


Deep In Asteroids

Asteroids are minor planets, especially those of the inner Solar System. The larger ones have also been called planetoids. These terms have historically been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not show the disc of a planet and was not observed to have the characteristics of an active comet. 896 more words

The Cosmos

Meteor, Meteorite, Meteoroid?

as the title points out I will write today about meteors, meteorites, meteoroids and asteroids. I have to say that before I searched it was not sure which one is which. 294 more words


May 24 - Launch of MA-7

Mercury Atlas 7, combining Mercury craft 18 and Atlas launch vehicle 107-D, was launched on May 24, 1962, with the capsule bearing the slightly more memorable name of  110 more words