Today, stargazers in most parts of the world will be able to view a penumbral lunar eclipse, a stunning full moon and a comet flyby. Unfortunately, Australia is one of the few places it won't be visible. Fortunately, it will be live streamed.
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Here's your daily reminder that the final frontier is ruthless: For the first time ever, scientists have spotted a comet-like object getting torn apart by a white dwarf star. Thankfully, this pugnacious little star — called WD 1425+540 — is located 170 lightyears away from Earth in the constellation Boötes, which may or may not be a piece of IKEA furniture.
Philae, the brave little comet lander that captured our hearts last year, has probably fallen silent for good. After a final, desperate effort to contact the spacecraft over the weekend didn't pan out, the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) reports that the chances of ever speaking to the probe again are slim — and they're growing slimmer every day.
"EXCLUSIVE: Could this asteroid destroy Earth in just SIX weeks?" According to NASA, the answer is "absolutely not, you imbeciles".
This brand new image from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera of European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveals two fascinating things. First, we have an incredibly detailed view of the surface of Comet 67P. Second, look at that fuzzy, dark patch at the bottom of the photo — it's the shadow of the spacecraft itself!