Spectacular Comet Will Engulf Mars This Sunday In Historical Event

This Sunday, something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years travelling at 53km/s from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail.

The Surface Of A Comet Seen Up Close For The First Time Ever

The spacecraft Rosetta is now orbiting the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It’s taking some amazingly clear images including the one above, the first ever close up of a the surface of a comet in history. Soon we will be landing there. According to NASA:

Watch How The Rosetta Spacecraft Will Orbit And Land On A Comet

Trying to orbit a comet as it rockets through space is no easy task — but that’s just what the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is poised to do. Here’s how.

ISS Astronauts Capture A Comet In The Best Space Time-Lapse Yet

You may yawn “oh, it’s just another boring space station time-lapse movie — meh!” and don’t watch this video, but that would be a big mistake. This is, by far, the most breathtaking time-lapse from space I’ve ever seen. It even has a comet flying through. Goosebumps.

Comet Ison May Still Be Alive

Yesterday, comet Ison flew close to the sun, and many sources reported its death. But now some scientists are claiming that it, or at least some part of it, may have survived its journey.

It's Pretty Damn Amazing To Be Able To See Comets Flying Like This

“Best video yet of comet ISON yet. Burn baby, burn!” says NASA about this time-lapse captured over a five-day period — November 20 to November 25 — by STEREO’s Heliospheric Imager.

Watch ISON Edge Ever Closer To The Sun

Comet ISON is inching ever closer to thes sun, and it will get incredibly close later on today. In the meantime, you can watch its most recent progress in this video from NASA.

A Doomed Comet Hurdling Toward The Sun

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), launched in 1995, stares mostly at…you guessed it: the Sun. But when its instruments are trying to image other things near the Sun, all that light gets kind of overwhelming. So sometimes instruments on the SOHO just block the Sun out and turn their attention to other things. Like this sungrazer comet.

Missing The Beautiful Perseid Meteor Shower Was Dumb Of You

Look there were a lot of options. NASA streamed the shower with commentary, local astronomer associations were posting pictures, and there’s always…what’s that place? Oh right. Outside. You could have gone and watched. But no. It was a Sunday night and you were busy.

NASA Image Shows The Mayhem That Created Life On Earth

About 4.1 billion years ago, our solar system was a huge cluster of comets bombarding every planet orbiting the Sun and crashing into each other. That period of chaos is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment, and astronomers believe it was key to the formation of life in our planet.

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