Category: comet

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) streaming through th…

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) streaming through the pale neon sky over Paranal on 20 January 2015. The Pleiades, a tight bundle of electric blue, also appear in the direction of Lovejoy’s tail.

Credit: ESO/G. Hüdepohl (atacamaphoto.com)

On Oct 31, 2015 scientists used radar imaging …

On Oct 31, 2015 scientists used radar imaging to photograph a little dead comet. Much to their surprise, it looked quite a lot like a skull! Due to that and the timing, they nicknamed it Death Comet.

Death Comet will swing by us again this year (albeit a little later than last time). 

You can read more about the Death Comet here: https://www.universetoday.com/140108/the-death-comet-will-pass-by-earth-just-after-halloween/

Happy Halloween, all!!! 💀🎃

Comet McNaught next to the dome of the NTT on …

Comet McNaught next to the dome of the NTT on La Silla. The picture was taken in January 2007.

Credit: ESO/H.H.Heyer

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and the Pleiades I…

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and the Pleiades

Image credit: Joseph Brimacombe

Comet Hale-Bopp and AuroraImage credit: David…

Comet Hale-Bopp and Aurora

Image credit:

David Cartier

Comet Hale Bopp & Herstmonceux Observato…

Comet Hale Bopp & Herstmonceux Observatory in Sussex by Peter Bassett FRAS. Image taken in 1997. image

This video is compiled from a series of imag…

This video is compiled from a series of images taken on July 25 by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The angular extent of the widest field of view is six degrees. Visible in the images are the comet C/2018 N1, asteroids, variable stars, asteroids and reflected light from Mars. TESS is expected to find thousands of planets around other nearby stars.

Credits: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Jupiter in infrared, Shoemaker–Levy 9 collis…

Jupiter in infrared, Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision (left), Io (right)

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 was a comet that broke apart in July 1992 and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, providing the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. This generated a large amount of coverage in the popular media, and the comet was closely observed by astronomers worldwide. The collision provided new information about Jupiter and highlighted its possible role in reducing space debris in the inner Solar System.

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Halley’s Comet on 8 March 1986 Credit…

Halley’s Comet on 8 March 1986

Credit:

NASA/W. Liller

Comet West was discovered in photographs by Ri…

Comet West was discovered in photographs by Richard West on August 10, 1975. It reached peak brightness in March 1976. During its peak brightness, observers reported that it was bright enough to study during full daylight. Despite its spectacular appearance, it did’t cause much expectation among the popular media. The comet has an estimated orbital period of 558,000 years.

Credit: P. Stättmayer/ESO