comets

What Would Happen If A Massive Comet Struck The Sun?

Humans, dark and disturbed creatures that we are, love to imagine what would happen if a massive comet struck the Earth. But what if a giant ice rock flung itself into the Sun? A team of astronomers did the maths to figure out what would happen.


Enjoy This Throwback Fireworks Display From NASA

When it comes to fireworks, NASA doesn’t play around. A decade ago, they crashed a probe into a comet just to watch the cosmic display, and now they have turned that moment into a Vine.


Rosetta's Comet Is Developing Giant Sinkholes Before Our Eyes

Watch your step, Philae! 67P, the comet we landed a space probe on last year, is apparently riddled with sinkholes. And as the massive ball of ice and dust hurls itself toward the sun, its surface is continuing to evolve.


Everything We've Learnt From 50 Years Of (Deliberate) Spaceship Crashes

Last week, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft ended its 11-year mission by crashing into Mercury. Of course, Messenger was doomed anyway, but sometimes a mission’s entire point is to smash one thing into a bigger thing and watch the explosion.


Tonight Is The Best Night To Spot Comet Lovejoy In Australia

Comet alert! Tonight is the best night to get outside and spot C/2014 Q2, a comet discovered last year by Aussie astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Although your mileage may vary, a clear night is predicted tonight at least in Sydney and its surrounds, so there’s a good chance that a fair chunk of Australia’s population will be able to get a decent look.


Look At The Size Of Rosetta's Comet Compared To A 747!

Holy crap, this is amazing. Imgur user grouchymcsurly made this incredible size comparison between the stinky comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and a Boeing 747-400. It really puts it in perspective. This thing is incredibly huge!


First Up-Close Images Of Mars' Near-Miss Comet

It may not look like much, but these are the first images of Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, as it passed by Mars on Sunday. The images were captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Stunning Depictions Of Ancient Comets That Scared The Hell Out Of Humans

Long-tailed stars and mysterious glowing fireballs from the heavens were among the biggest and most fearful mysteries for stargazing humans throughout history. With the development of astronomy science, comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars became familiar objects of our universe, and with the advent of photography, depicting them became more precise. But before that talented artists created amazing drawings and paintings of these mysterious rocks.


ESA Announces Comet Landing Site, Shows Spectacular Photos

As it releases closer and closer photos of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency has announced the landing site for Philae, the little spaceship that will be launched from the Rosetta mothership to touch down on the surface of this object — the first comet landing in history.


Impressive Photo Of A Spaceship Over 400 Million Kilometres From Earth

Photo: You are looking at a photo of a spaceship flying 402.3 million kilometres away from Earth. It’s Rosetta, floating in the pitch black vacuum of space photographed by its Philae daughtership, a lander that will soon arrive to the object on the background, the comet Churyumov — Gerasimenko.


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