What hath science wrought?Read More
By "space rock," I don't mean Aerosmith playing on the ISS.
We're at a "higher risk of a space rock impact than widely thought." In other words: prepare yourselves, the disaster movies are making a comeback.Read More
You never call us anymore, Philae. We were so worried.
Back in January, the ESA's Philae lander literally went dark, going into hibernation mode to conserve its energy stores. Now, months later, the little lander has woken up as the comet's orbit passes close to the sun.Read More
Alright Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close-up.
Rosetta has upped its space porn game with this 3D look at the comet, compiled from two pictures taken on August 7th when the craft was 65 miles from its destination.Read More
At least the Philae lander will be safe from Munchers!
The ESA spacecraft Rosetta is moving ever closer towards her target comet 67P, and our pareidolia is running full force to try to decide what it looks like. We've already see a rubber ducky, a marshmallow Peep, a weird butt, and now...Read More
Cue Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight."
Pictures taken by Rosetta earlier this week confirm that the ESA's little spacecraft that could is right on track for her rendezvous in August with 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko. For the first time, Rosetta's OSIRIS camera has captured images of the comet on which she will attempt her unprecedented landing.Read More
She's going to call, right? Why hasn't she called?
How are you spending your federal bank holiday? If you're just lying around on your couch watching Sleepy Hollow then cut it out, ya dummy! You could be participating in space history! That's literally the best kind of history!Read More
Giant balls of ice should probably steer clear of the sun. Just saying.
Something has survived comet ISON's close brush with the sun — in a good and non-ominous way. When ISON's orbit passed extremely close to the sun on Thanksgiving, no one was sure if it would survive, and for a little while it completely disappeared. Eventually, something emerged on the other side, and NASA is still trying to figure out what.Read More
NASA is getting all space-paparazzi on ISON.
Thanksgiving is make-or-break day for ISON, literally. It will reach its closest distance to the sun, and we'll find out whether it will survive or be ripped apart completely. NASA has assembled a media website aimed at providing "near real-time" photos and videos of the comet, since it's only visible from Earth at early morning hours.Read More
Maybe the sun is just jealous of other balls of light in the sky?
The comet ISON has been hurtling around the sun for over 4 billion years, and on Thanksgiving, it will get so close to the sun that it temperature will reach 5,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt iron. At that distance, it will also be exposed to the sun's powerful tidal forces, which may rip the relatively small comet apart completely.Read More
And All Was Right With the World
In case you needed more proof that the sun is not the smiling, yellow, jolly ball in the sky that you saw in your childhood coloring books, take a look at the video above. In it, a comet flies straight into the sun, but the massive orb of flaming gas more-or-less responsible for the beginning and continuation of life on this planet doesn't even flinch. That big burst? Just a coronal mass ejection that occurred coincidentally. The comet is probably from the Kreutz group, the remnants of a larger comet that broke up when it cruised to close to the all-consuming death ball in the center of our solar system. While this kind of event probably happens all the time, that doesn't make it any less impressive. (NASA via Gizmodo)Read More