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Third-biggest near-Earth asteroid Don Quixote discovered to be a comet

Researchers at Northern Arizona University using the Spitzer Space Telescope discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet. Don Quixote, whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter wandered its lone,

September 13, 2013

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Comet ISON to fly by Mars on October 1 and meet the Sun on November 28, 2013

After several weeks of being hidden behind the Sun, comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) finally emerged from solar conjunction mid August, and early, tentative measures of its brightness by CIOC hint that it is beginning to slowly brighten up. CIOC writes: From

August 26, 2013

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Hunt for asteroids: Decommissioned WISE spacecraft to be reactivated as asteroid hunter

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September 2013. It will again be assisting in effort

August 22, 2013

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Near-Earth asteroid 2003 DZ15 to safely pass Earth on July 30, 2013

A 152 meter wide asteroid named 2003 DZ15 will make a somewhat close flyby past our planet next week. This asteroid is about seven times the size of Chelyabinsk meteor and it poses no threat to Earth. At 00:37 UTC on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, it

July 26, 2013

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Pan-STARRS-1 telescope discovers 10,000th near-Earth object

More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the 3,000-meter summit of the

July 25, 2013

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Comet ISON spews out dust and carbon dioxide-like gas

Spitzer Space Telescope observed Comet ISON for 24 hours period on June 13, 2013. Its processed imagery indicate that carbon dioxide and dust are spewing out of the comet at high rate. At the time, Comet ISON was about 312 million miles (502 million

July 25, 2013

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Will Comet ISON slam into Earth?

Fear not! Comet ISON will not slam into Earth. Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will make its closest approach to Earth on December 26, 2013 at a safe distance of 63 million km from Earth. Watch the video bellow by VideosFromSpace explaining some comet basics and some

July 20, 2013

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Hubble releases new stunning image of comet ISON

Enhanced image of comet C/2012 S1 ISON obtained by Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, 2013 have been released yesterday, showing the comet zooming through deep space in all its glory. Hubble Space Telescope views Comet ISON, April 30, 2013 (Credit:

July 17, 2013

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Hubble captures Comet ISON in a time-lapse movie

Comet C/2012 S1 ISON is currently flying towards the Sun at a mind boggling speed of about 77 000 km/h (48 000 mph). Recently NASA released a time-lapse movie of the eagerly awaited comet. The movie is composed of images obtained by Hubble Space

July 05, 2013

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How will Comet ISON perform?

Experts all over the planet are eagerly tracking Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the so called "Comet of the century". However since June 22, 2013 the comet is so near to the Sun, less than 18 degrees, making it not visible against the dark sky. The comet will

June 30, 2013

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Has Comet ISON stopped brightening?

Comet ISON is expected to become one of the most dazzling skywatching events while making a passage around the Sun later this year. In October of 2012 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) stated that Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) could reach magnitude -11.6, which

June 01, 2013

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 to become one of the best radar imaging targets of the year - Where to watch online

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth at a safe distance of 5.8 million kilometers on May 31, 2013 at 20:59 UTC. The asteroid's size is estimated to be about 2.7 kilometers and this will be the closest it gets to Earth for at least the next two

May 31, 2013

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Approaching Asteroid 1998 QE2 has its own moon

On May 31, 2013 at 20:59 UTC, the 2.7 km wide Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach to Earth at 5.8 million kilometers (3.6 million miles). This will be the closest it gets to Earth for at least the next two

May 30, 2013

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2.7 km wide Asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth on May 31, 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will fly past Earth at end of May at a distance of 5.8 million kilometers, or about 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon. The asteroid's size is estimated to be about 2.7 kilometers. It will make its closest approach on May

May 19, 2013

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Is Comet ISON just an ordinary comet?

Well, if you ask the question from the title, most people who are even remotely interested in astronomy and comets will most likely answer – NO - Comet ISON ( Comet C/2012 S1) is not an ordinary comet! In fact, it is a very interesting comet with

May 05, 2013

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Solar missions to observe comet ISON (How to track ISON on SOHO and STEREO imagery)

Comet ISON is on a journey through our solar system that will culminate in its close encounter with the Sun on November 28, 2013. At that time the comet will pass at a distance of only 2.7 solar radii from the Suns center. Comet C/2012 S1, named ISON, was

April 23, 2013

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Earth could enter into dusty meteor shower from Comet ISON's tail

As comet ISON is approaching for its close encounter with the sun in November, 2013, excitement and anticipation are rising. Already being named the potential "Comet of the century" by some, because of the show it might put on for stargazers all over our

April 20, 2013