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How to Make The Most Out Of April's Lyrid Meteor Shower

Scientists said that the peak of the Lyrid shower this year will take place during the early hours of April 23. Observers must view the shower somewhere with no light pollution.

Space April 17, 2019

Comet Fragment Found Inside Meteorite May Offer Clues To Formation And Evolution Of Solar System

The ancient building blocks of a comet has been found sealed inside a pristine meteorite billions of years old. A peek into the early solar system, this fragment contains many clues about cosmic history.

Space April 16, 2019

Astronomers Find WASP-69b Exoplanet With Comet-Like Tail

Astronomers observed an exoplanet orbiting a small star 163 light-years away using a ground telescope. They found that WASP-69b has a comet-like tail made up of helium escaping from its atmosphere.

Space December 11, 2018

Harvard Scientists Say Mysterious Cigar-Shaped Object 'Oumuamua May Have Been Alien Spacecraft

A study argued that 'Oumuamua might have been a debris from an advanced alien technology or a space probe to check out the solar system. Scientists said that an artificial origin could explain why the interstellar object is so strange.

Space November 8, 2018

Draconid Meteor Shower Lights Up The Skies This October

Once again, the Draconid meteor shower brightened the October night sky. This phenomenon happens when the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

Space October 9, 2018

Spooky Skull-Shaped Dead Comet To Zip Past Earth This Halloween

The comet shaped like a human skull will once again make a close flyby to Earth this coming November. Its first observed near encounter with Earth happened in 2015 on Halloween day.

Space October 1, 2018

Exploding Green Comet Illuminates Night Sky: Here Are The Best Times To See It From Earth

Astronomers discovered a bright green comet streaking through the northern hemisphere’s skies. The comet is currently surrounded by a dust cloud twice as big as Jupiter, making it easily visible to observers on Earth.

Space July 9, 2018

Remember Oumuamua? The Interstellar Asteroid Turns Out To Be A Comet After All

It appears that researchers have finally solved the Oumuamua mystery. The interstellar visitor is now known to be a comet, not an asteroid, as it accelerates in its exit from the Solar System.

Space June 28, 2018

There Could Be Thousands Of Unconfirmed Near-Earth Objects According To Scientists

Scientists estimated that there could be thousands of near-Earth objects that are left unconfirmed. The team called for concerned agencies to devise a method that could ensure timely detection of NEOs that could potentially hit Earth.

Space June 23, 2018

Scientists Collect Ancient Interstellar Dust Remnants From Prehistoric Solar System Formation

Scientists were able to analyze ancient interstellar dust that could have existed before the formation of the solar system. The team collected them from Earth’s upper atmosphere, probably brought along each time comets pass near the sun.

Space June 12, 2018

Breathtaking GIF Shows Cosmic Snowstorm On The Surface Of Comet 67P

A Twitter user created a gif using raw data released by the European Space Agency showing footage of the surface of Comet 67P. This is the first footage of the surface of a comet.

Space April 25, 2018

Massive Comet Crashed Into Earth 13,000 Years Ago, Triggering Firestorms And Mini Ice Age

An international team of scientists concluded that a massive comet crashed into the Earth 13,000 years ago. The event supposedly created firestorms around the world, with the dust clouds blocking the sun and eventually leading into a mini ice age.

Ancient February 5, 2018

The Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145 Is Returning In 2018

The skull-shaped asteroid that flew by Earth in Halloween 2015 is returning. Officially called 2015 TB145, the Halloween asteroid will come near Earth again in November 2018.

Space December 22, 2017

Astronomers Spot First Interstellar Visitor From Outside The Solar System

Researchers have spotted the first interstellar object that could be detected from Earth. The astronomers are trying to determine whether the object, referred to as A/2017 U1, is an asteroid or a comet.

Space October 29, 2017

Unusual Space Rock Turns Out To Be 2 Comet-Like Asteroids Orbiting Each Other

The binary asteroid in the asteroid belt was initially thought of as a single object. It was eventually found to be two asteroids with comet-like features orbiting each other.

Space September 22, 2017

Stone Carvings Suggest Earth Was Hit By Comet 13,000 Years Ago

Ancient symbols carved at the Gobekli Tepe temple in Turkey suggest that comet fragments hit Earth about 13,000 years ago. What does this tell about the mini ice age known as the Younger Dryas?

Ancient April 24, 2017

Why Did It Take A Century For April Fools’ Comet To Be Identified?

Comet 41P has a complicated history. Until its identity was clearly established, the April Fools’ comet was initially mislabeled, then lost and eventually rediscovered in 1951.

Space April 3, 2017

Want To Watch the Closest Approach of The April Fools’ Comet? Watch It Here Now

This is not an April Fools’ Day joke. Slooh recorded the closest approach of comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák as it passed the Earth on April 1 but it’s still around.

Space April 1, 2017

Remains Of Massive Halley-Like Comet Destruction Found Around White Dwarf

Scientists observe a massive comet falling into a white dwarf, leaving debris around the compact star’s surface. The event marks quite a few firsts in space observation.

Space February 12, 2017

Rare Comet Visiting Inner Solar System For The First Time To Be Visible From Earth This January

C/2016 U1 NEOWISE may be seen using a pair of binoculars when it gets close enough to planet Earth. The comet follows an orbit that is possibly millions of years long.

Space January 3, 2017

NASA Spots Object That’s Either A Comet Or An Asteroid Approaching Earth

Is it an asteroid or a comet? 2016 WF9, a near-Earth object set to approach our planet's orbit on Feb. 25, may have cometary origins but lack crucial characteristics of other comets.

Space January 2, 2017

NASA's WISE Mission Spots 2 Approaching Celestial Bodies: Do These Near-Earth Objects Pose Threats?

The NEOWISE mission discovered two near-Earth objects approaching our planet. One is in a blurry line between a comet and asteroid, and the other is a comet that can be seen using binoculars.

Space December 31, 2016

New Year's Comet A Bad Omen? Comet 45P To Herald Year Of Better Comet Viewing

Comets are historically seen as omens of bad luck. Comet 45P will appear on New Year's Eve, but people can expect to see more comets through most of 2017.

Space December 30, 2016

Comet 45P To Light Night Sky On New Year's Eve: How To See It

Comet 45P will have its own celestial show to welcome the new year on Saturday. Here's how to see the comet in the night sky and distinguish it from planets and stars.

Space December 30, 2016

Asteroid Or Comet Strike May Lead To Extinction: Here's How Scientists Plan To Save The Earth

What are the measures proposed by scientists to deflect potentially hazardous asteroids and comets? One scientist warned humanity is currently ill equipped at dealing with space objects that can cause mass extinction.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2016

Comet Strike May Have Triggered Ancient Climate Change On Earth

A massive comet may have slammed into Earth about 56 million years ago and triggered an instantaneous global warming, a new study suggests. Evidence from rock sediments indicate the possibility of such cosmic impact.

Earth/Environment October 14, 2016

ESA's Rosetta Space Probe To Have Final Suicide Mission Before Colliding With Comet 67P

Rosetta is set to end its mission by colliding with Comet 67P later this month but it will continue to gather scientific data in its final moments. Here are some of the data that the space probe will collect in its final suicide mission.

Space September 19, 2016

Astronomers Use Hubble, Capture Best Possible View Of A Comet Disintegrating

Astronomers have captured the best possible view of a comet disintegrating. The comet, 332P, was making a trip around the sun millions of miles away from Earth during the disintegration.

Space September 16, 2016

Philae Found: Images From ESA's Rosetta Space Probe Reveal Graveyard Of Lost Comet Lander

Images from the ESA's Rosetta space probe revealed the location of the long-lost Philae lander. The photos also revealed why Rosetta had difficulty communicating with the comet lander.

Space September 6, 2016

NASA Astronomers Witness Death Of Kreutz Comet As It Zoomed Toward The Sun At Incredible Speed

Astronomers at NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed a Kreutz sungrazer comet as it plunged to its death. The object zoomed toward the sun at incredible speed.

Space August 7, 2016

Scientists Create Foul-Smelling Perfume That Will Make You Smell Like A Comet

Eau de comet, ladies? British scientists partnered with a perfume company to create a scent that mimic's the smell of a comet's surface. Despite sounding glamorous, it might deliver a knockout punch to your date in more ways than one.

Space July 1, 2016

Icy Comets Orbiting Sun-Like Star May Reveal Evolution Of Solar System

An icy belt of comets orbiting a nearby young, sun-like star HD 181327 could hold clues on the evolution of the solar system. What did astronomers find using the ALMA telescopes in Chile?

Space May 19, 2016

Hubble Captures Close-Up Images Of Comet 252P/LINEAR As It Approaches Earth

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured close-up images of comet 252P/LINEAR as it approached our planet from millions of miles away. This encounter is one of the closest approaches of any comet in recorded history.

Space May 14, 2016

Astronomers Turns To Crowdfunding To Solve Mystery Of Alien Broadcasts

Astronomer Antonio Paris is closing in on the 40-year-old mystery of an unknown signal from deep space, which is believed to be an alien transmission. He turns to science crowdfunding to build the radio telescope that will prove the origins of the so-called Wow! signal.

Space April 16, 2016

Artificial Comet Holds Key To Creating Building Blocks Of Life

French researchers showed for the first time that artificial comet ice contains ribose and other sugar molecules believed to be building blocks for RNA and DNA. The findings were deemed important for many theories on the origin of life on Earth.

Space April 8, 2016

Impact Of Comets, Asteroids On Young Mars May Have Made Red Planet Conducive To Life

Mars was bombarded by massive comets and asteroids during the Late Heavy Bombardment 3.9 billion years ago. The impact, according to researchers, may have made the Red Planet conducive to life for a time in its history.

Space April 6, 2016

Big Mystery Object Slams Into Jupiter: What Could It Be?

The massive planet Jupiter was hit by a speeding piece of space rock on March 17. The event was captured by two amateur astronomers conducting separate observations of the planet.

Space March 30, 2016

NASA Observes Historic Comet Flyby With Radar And Infrared

Thanks to radar and infrared technology, NASA was able to image and track the historic flyby of the comet PanSTARRS last March 22. The space agency was able to obtain clues on cometary history and evolution.

Space March 28, 2016

Comet Linear Comes Into View: When And How To See The Green Comet

The green-colored Comet LINEAR is set to make its transit across the sky over the Northern Hemisphere in the final few days of March. Skywatchers can catch a glimpse of the comet using binoculars even though the Moon could flood the sky with its own light on these days.

Space March 27, 2016

Water Ice On Surface Sheds Light On Comet 67P Evolution

The European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter detected water ice on the surface of Comet 67P. What does this mean in terms of the comet's evolution?

Space January 18, 2016

NASA Unveils New Asteroid Detection Program: What Happens When An Asteroid Hits Earth?

In case any cataclysmic asteroids are lurking in the outer space surrounding Earth, NASA is prepared to defend the planet. The space agency on Thursday formally created its new asteroid detection program called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO).

Space January 10, 2016

Newly Discovered Giant Comets Threaten Life On Earth: Astronomers

The impact from a centaur strike may be a bigger threat to Earth than previously thought, warned researchers. These giant comets cross the paths of massive outer planets and can hurtle toward Earth.

Space December 23, 2015

Researchers Find Molecular Oxygen On Halley's Comet, Believe O2 Could Be Common On Other Comets

Scientists found Halley's Comet ejected traces of molecular oxygen during the ESA's Giotto probe in 1986, suggesting that O2 is common in other comets in the solar system.

Space December 11, 2015

'Alien Megastructure' Orbiting Around Star KIC 8462852 Is Likely Swarm Of Comets: Astronomers

Scientists found that the alien megastructure recently discovered was nothing but a swarm of comets. In a new study, researchers found explanations as to why star KIC 8462852 exudes unusual brightness and dimming patterns.

Space November 26, 2015

Comet Lovejoy Spews Alcohol And Sugar Across Solar System: No Booze Overload, But What's Next?

Comet Lovejoy was found spewing ethanol and sugar, providing evidence that comets carry complex organic molecules. Further investigation could reveal if these organic materials came from ancient clouds of gas that formed the solar system.

Space October 26, 2015

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