comets

New Comet Photo Shows Fascinating Textures And Landscapes

Every time I see a new image of the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, I just get lost searching through all the detail, marveling at the variation of textures, and mostly watching in awe thinking about the chain of events that took the spaceship Rosetta to where it is today, 804.6 million kilometres from Earth.


Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteor Caught On Russian Dashcam

Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver’s seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say “wow” in Russian?


All Of Earth's Water Comes From Space

If there’s one thing that makes our home planet special — other than the presence of you and me — it’s water. This is The Blue Marble after all. But for something that’s so characteristically Earth-y, its origins are positively extra-terrestrial.


The Universe's Most Important Alarm Clock Will Wake Up Rosetta Tomorrow

Two and a half years is a long time to sleep — even for a machine. That’s how long Rosetta has slumbered in its decade-long journey towards the comet where it will land. But in the dead of the night Rosetta will awaken. Here’s how its alarm clock works.


How Europe Is Going To Land On A Comet

In November 2014, after travelling 10 years and hundreds of millions of kilometres, a European spacecraft will touch down on a 4km wide ball of ice and dust as it hurtles through space towards the sun. And if all goes according to plan, this unprecedented feat could finally give us what we need to understand the origins of life on Earth. It’s just the “according to plan” that’s the tricky part.


Watch Comet ISON Rising On The Dreamy Landscape Of The Canary Islands

Sky photographer Juan Carlos Casado has captured this beautiful time-lapse of comet ISON rising in the morning of November 22 from the Teide Observatory, in the Canary Islands, Spain.


NASA Caught The First Glimpse Of The Solar System's Stunning Tail

The solar system isn’t stationary; it’s careening through the infinite abyss of space as we speak. Just like a comet, it comes complete with its own tail, and for the first time, we’ve actually been able to see it.


What Earth Looks Like From 160 Million Kilometres Away

Although we’ve seen plenty of our beautiful blue marble from space before, here’s what Earth looks like from 160 million kilometres away. That’s a little more than the distance from the Earth to the sun.


Astronomers Discover Huge New, Intensely Bright Comet

The apocalypse nutcases will pass out when they learn that two Russian astronomers have discovered a new and gigantic comet coming in our direction — a huge 3.2km wide ball of ice and rock that “may [become] one of the brightest in history”. The comet is now passing by Saturn, gaining speed and becoming brighter by the day.


The Day All Life On Earth Almost Ended

On August 12, 1883, a pack of life-extinguishing comets came within a few hundred kilometres of slamming into the Earth, killing everything on the planet.


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