by Bing Quock Discovered in June 2011, Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS (yeah, quite a mouthful) is one of two comets that astronomershope will flare to spectacular brightness this year, becoming easily visible to the naked eye. While the December appearance of Comet C/2012 S1 ISON is still too far away to predict its brightness accurately, Comet Pan-STARRS has been putting on a good show for Southern Hemisphere [...]
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New dating techniques have brought the impact and mass extinction events within a “gnat’s eyebrow.”
Coming at you from the desk of the Director of the Morrison Planetarium, hand-picked stories in space and astronomy news.
Did Earth’s oceans arrive by comet?
Ripples in the rings of Saturn and Jupiter can tell scientists when a comet passed through.
Get ready for the the Perseid meteor shower later this week. It’s one of the most spectacular showers of the year, with an average rate of 50-60 meteors per hour.
Hubble has revealed that a popular exoplanet has a comet-like feature.
Micrometeorites discovered in Antarctica may hold the key to the formation of our solar system.
The presence of the amino acid, glycine, was found on the comet Wild 2. This latest finding supports the notion that the building blocks of life are quite common in the Universeâ€”and life beyond Earth might very well exist!