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  • The Messier Catalog

    Who was Charles Messier? He was a 18th century astronomer who loved to watch the night sky. He went out there and  scanned the sky for comets, and started to catalog objects to make it easier to distinguish between fuzzy objects and comets. This series of videos is for professional astronomers and amateurs alike. This series contains 110 videos If you enjoyed it… share with your friends

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  • Eerie Landscape of Comet 67P

    Eerie Landscape of Comet 67P

    Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft A deluge of newly released photos from the Rosetta mission reveals the haunting alien landscape on the surface of a comet as it orbits the sun. Over the last few weeks, the European Space Agency (ESA) has released over 1,700 new images of the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by the Rosetta spacecraft during its closest approach to the 2.5-mile-wide (4 kilometers) space rock. The photos emanate an eerie stillness on the rocky, lifeless surface. Enjoy and share….

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  • Landing on a Comet

    Landing on a Comet

    Landing on a Comet – ESA’s Rosetta Mission On November 12, the European Space Agency will attempt something that’s never been done — make a soft landing on a comet. Find out how NASA is assisting. Well this event has now happened. We all had hoped for a spectacular success. Unfortunately as you may be aware, the landing was not as it should have been.Consequently we did not achieve the expected success. The lander is now dead, and unless it […]

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  • How to Land on a Comet

    How to Land on a Comet

    The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is about to attempt something “ridiculously difficult”,landing a probe on the surface of a speeding comet. The site where Rosetta’s Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November now has a name: Agilkia. The landing site, previously known as ‘Site J’, is named for Agilkia Island, an island on the Nile River in the south of Egypt. A complex of Ancient Egyptian buildings, including the famous Temple of Isis, […]

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  • Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

    Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

    This is a very short video sequence, posted purely for its beauty. It is based on an artist’s impression of exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. Astronomers analysing observations of nearly 500 individual comets made with the HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered two families of exocomets around this nearby young star. The first consists of old exocomets that have made multiple passages near the star. The second family, shown in this illustration, consists of younger exocomets […]

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  • Observing Comet Siding Spring at Mars

    Observing Comet Siding Spring at Mars

    We have seen and read about this comet for awhile now. The event has come and gone, but it is interesting to hear what preparations NASA made in anticipation of this event. On October 19, Comet Siding Spring will pass within 88,000 miles of Mars – just one third of the distance from the Earth to the Moon! Traveling at 33 miles per second and weighing as much as a small mountain, the comet hails from the outer fringes of […]

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  • Mars Comet Encounter

    Mars Comet Encounter

    NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for today’s  Mars Comet Encounter Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will make a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19. At a distance of only 87,000 miles, it’s a near miss of the Red Planet. Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest to Mars around 2:27 p.m. EDT, hurtling at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second). This proximity will provide an unprecedented opportunity for researchers to gather data on both the comet and its effect […]

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  • What Can We Learn from Comets?

    What Can We Learn from Comets?

    The Rosetta Mission Asks The excitement is building as the date for Rosetta to land on a comet approaches. The expectations from scientists around the planet are very high. Lets hope that we will receive at least half of these expectations to satisfy the scientists and to justify the money spent so far on the mission. The Rosetta mission will give us an unprecedented look inside a comet, watching the icy traveler become active as it nears the sun. What […]

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  • What is a Comet?

    What is a Comet?

    The Rosetta Mission Asks: What is a Comet? We all have different ideas as to what a comet is. Mostly it depends on our religious and cultural believes, but the truth may be far more simple or complex. Depending on the individuals. In this video scientists attempt to answer these questions and more as the Rosetta Mission’s Orbiter arrives and escorts comet 67/p Churyumov Gerasimenko into our inner solar system. Enjoy and share…. Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $169.95 […]

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  • Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

    Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

    NASA’s 3-D Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved. “We achieved truly first-of-a-kind mapping of important molecules that help us understand the nature of comets,” said Martin Cordiner, a researcher working in the Goddard Center for Astrobiology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Cordiner led the international team […]

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