comets

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.


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.


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