comets

On Dune(s)

Researchers in France have explained the large dune-like patterns found on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Images collected by the now-retired Rosetta probe and its OIRIS camera revealed the presence of dune-like patterns on the…



New comet(s) by NEOWISE

NASA’s NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. Another–definitely a comet–might be seen with binoculars through next week. An object…


From exoplanets to local comets

During the last month of Rosetta’s operations at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it was no longer possible to observe the comet with telescopes on Earth because it was too close to the Sun’s position in the sky…


Comet’s cradle

… Understanding how and when objects like Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko took shape is of utmost importance in determining how exactly they can be used to interpret the formation and early evolution of our Solar System. A…


The Comet Conclusion

A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior. NASA’s Kepler mission had monitored the star for four years, observing two unusual incidents, in 2011 and 2013, when…


*Hiccup* on a comet

Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first…