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Displaying items by tag: Comet

For longer than any of us can remember, science fiction writers have postulated that life on Earth was seeded by comets.  Latest research suggests they may actually be correct.

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Friday, 23 December 2011 21:38

Comet Lovejoy continues to amaze - see it now

Following its recent close encounter with the sun, Comet Lovejoy is offering an early-morning spectacle.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 22:45

Australia: so, where are those pesky Geminids?

We hear so much about the wonder of the Geminid meteors, but how do we see them in Australia?

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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 23:18

Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) comes for a visit

The Comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) is making its first swing into the inner part of the Solar System. By mid June 2010, we should be able to get our closest look at the comet described with a 'vivid green head and a long wispy tail.'

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Sunday, 11 April 2010 22:47

Sun becoming comet eating Pac-Man

The Sun has been gobbling up comets lately. The latest one being a unexpected comet going to its demise early on the morning of Saturday, April 10, 2010.


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Monday, 15 March 2010 00:40

Comet does a 'Douglas Adams sun-dive'

It's interesting what you can see when you have somewhere new to stand and look.  The SOHO probe launched by NASA and ESA recently observed a train of comets crashing into the sun.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 08:15

Hubble may have seen collision of two asteroids

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope may have photographed the debris left over after two asteroids collided. Although such asteroid-asteroid smashups do happen in the Solar System, such a collision has never been seen before by anyone on Earth.

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Wednesday, 06 January 2010 21:59

NASA catches Sun gobbling up a Kreutz comet

On January 3, 2010, the U.S. space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration observed, with the use of its SOHO spacecraft, a large Kreutz comet plunging into the Sun. See the video of the small, but tasty treat for our Sun!

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A so-far unnamed comet is heading toward the Sun for a January 3, 2010 encounter that will probably result in its demise—but you never know for sure until the actual collision results. See the images of the comet heading toward the Sun.

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According to a new theory from British and American scientists, much of the elements in Earth’s atmosphere originated from gas, dust, and ice inside comets and meteorites that impacted the early Earth. Volcanoes helped a little bit, but their eruptions were not the major way the atmosphere of Earth first formed.

Published in Space
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 22:57

WISE satellite to look for darkest objects in universe

The U.S. space agency NASA is expecting to launch its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite on Friday, December 11, 2009. The WISE satellite will explore the ultraviolet portions of the universe from some of the coolest stars ever produced to some of the darkest of the dwarf stars and asteroids.

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Friday, 13 November 2009 20:54

Rosetta spacecraft snaps dazzling pix of Earth

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is flying toward Earth on its third and final flyby. It took a dramatic picture of its home planet Earth on November 12, 2009, for all Earthlings to see.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009 18:49

Hit the trail for the Orionid meteor shower

The peak for the 2009 Orionid meteor shower is set for Wednesday morning, October 21st. Sixty or more meteors per hour are expected to be the highs for the event, but you never know how many you'll see from hour to hour?

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A NASA scientist announced on August 16, 2009, that NASA’s Stardust spacecraft has returned sample material to Earth from comet Wild 2. The sample contains the first signs within an extraterrestrial body of an amino acid, which is used by organisms to make proteins: a building block of life.

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According to a report from the National Research Council, the U.S. Congress never gave NASA the money necessary to hunt down and identify potentially threatening near-Earth objects (NEOs), such as asteroids and comets. Consequently, the U.S. space agency has only been able to chart a fraction it was supposed to find.

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Monday, 03 August 2009 08:21

Carr unveils $2.4m in commercialisation grants

Industry Minister Kim Carr has announced $2.4 million in grants to 38 companies through the Howard government-initiated Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program, including funding to 13 firms in the ICT sector.

Saturday, 25 July 2009 17:49

Hubble takes rare Jupiter impact images

The Hubble Space Telescope was detoured in its recalibration, after being refurbished by the NASA STS-125 astronauts in May 2009, to take images of the recent impact spot on Jupiter, which was discovered by an Australian amateur astronomer on July 19, 2009.

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Astronomers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory verified on Monday, July 20, 2009, after receiving an email from an amateur astronomer in Australia, that Jupiter had just been hit with an object, possibly a comet or asteroid.

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Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning, May 5-6, 2009, is expected to be the peak of the Aquarid meteors with up to 85 meteors per hour over the Southern Hemisphere. If you are in the Northern Hemispere, you'll see them, too!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009 17:46

Lyrid meteor shower coming to Earth

The Lyrid meteor shower, brought to you by Comet Thatcher, is coming to everyone’s early dawn sky on and around Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Its unpredictable nature could produce a few meteors per hour or many, many more. Look at it to find out what happens.

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