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TESS Catches A Comet Outburst In Unprecedented Detail

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

This is the most complete and detailed observation to date of the formation and dissipation of a naturally-occurring comet outburst. The team members reported their results in the November 22 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.


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New Close-up Image Of The Interstellar Comet 2l/Borisov

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L: Comet 2l/Borisov (R: with Earth to Scale)

2l/Borisov, first spotted this summer, continues to draw nearer to Earth and will reach its closest approach -- about 190 million miles -- in early December.

How LISA Pathfinder Detected Dozens of 'Comet Crumbs'

How LISA Pathfinder Detected Dozens of 'Comet Crumbs'

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by ESA (the European Space Agency) that included NASA contributions, successfully demonstrated technologies needed to build a future space-based gravitational wave observatory, a tool for detecting ripples in space-time produced by, among other things, merging black holes.


Interstellar Bodies Originating From Beyond Our Solar System

Interstellar Bodies Originating From Beyond Our Solar System

Astonishingly, not one but two interstellar asteroids have been detected entering our solar system since 2017.


Beyond Jupiter, Researchers Discover a 'Cradle of Comets'

Beyond Jupiter, Researchers Discover a 'Cradle of Comets'

Comets are known to have a temper. As they swoop in from the outer edges of our solar system, these icy bodies begin spewing gas and dust as they venture closer to the Sun.


Hubble Observes Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov

Hubble Observes Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov

On 12 October 2019, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provided astronomers with their best look yet at an interstellar visitor -- Comet 2I/Borisov -- which is believed to have arrived here from another planetary system elsewhere in our galaxy.


Interstellar Comet with a Familiar Look

Interstellar Comet with a Familiar Look

For decades, astronomers have speculated that the space between stars may be populated by exosolar minor bodies -- comets and asteroids -- ejected from their home planetary systems.


Get Ready For More Interstellar Objects

Get Ready For More Interstellar Objects

Gregory Laughlin and Malena Rice weren't exactly surprised a few weeks ago when they learned that a second interstellar object had made its way into our solar system.


Collapsing Cliffs Bouncing Boulders om Comet 67P

Collapsing Cliffs Bouncing Boulders om Comet 67P

Scientists analysing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA's Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses.


Migrating Scarps as a Significant Driver for Cometary Surface Evolution

Migrating Scarps as a Significant Driver for Cometary Surface Evolution

Rosetta observations of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) reveal that most changes occur in the fallback-generated smooth terrains, vast deposits of granular material blanketing the comet's northern hemisphere.


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Has A Tiny Moon -  A 'Churymoon'

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Has A Tiny Moon - A 'Churymoon'

Comet 67P/C-G is a dusty object. As it neared its closest approach to the Sun in late July and August 2015, instruments on Rosetta recorded a huge amount of dust enshrouding the comet.


How The Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Impact On Jupiter Led to Planetary Defense

How The Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Impact On Jupiter Led to Planetary Defense

Twenty-five years ago, humanity first witnessed a collision between a comet and a planet.


Comet Inspires Chemistry for Making Breathable Oxygen on Mars

Comet Inspires Chemistry for Making Breathable Oxygen on Mars

Science fiction stories are chock full of terraforming schemes and oxygen generators for a very good reason -- we humans need molecular oxygen (O2) to breathe, and space is essentially devoid of it. Even on other planets with thick atmospheres, O2 is hard to come by.


Three Exocomets Discovered Around Beta Pictoris

Three Exocomets Discovered Around Beta Pictoris

Just about a year after the launch of the NASA mission TESS, the first three comets orbiting the nearby star Beta Pictoris outside our solar system were discovered in data from the space telescope.


Rosetta's Comet Sculpted by Stress

Rosetta's Comet Sculpted by Stress

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that geological stress arising from the shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been a key process in sculpting the comet's surface and interior following its formation.


A Close Look At Comet 46P/Wirtanen

A Close Look At Comet 46P/Wirtanen

As the brilliant comet 46P/Wirtanen streaked across the sky, NASA telescopes caught it on camera from multiple angles.


International Effort Studies Comet 29P and Finds Unusual Composition

International Effort Studies Comet 29P and Finds Unusual Composition

Evgenij Zubko of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in collaboration with other international team members has developed a comprehensive model to explain the results of a photometric study of the Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 (29P).


Landslides, Avalanches May Be Key to Long-Term Comet Activity

Landslides, Avalanches May Be Key to Long-Term Comet Activity

The release of gases through sublimation is the defining process of comets.



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