Posts Tagged ‘comets’

Universe Update, October 2013

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Higgs, diamonds, solar system, jupiter, saturn, cosmic microwave background, lhc, large hadron collider, higgs, boson, international space station, gravity, galactic, juno, ison, lovejoy, exoplanets, asteroids, comets, quasars

Here’s a brief run-down of our favorite astronomy stories from the past month.

Signs of Life

Friday, September 20th, 2013
methane, mars, nasa, curiosity, cosmic, comets, martians, microbes, microbial, life, earth, rivers, routes, early, humans, migration, out of africa

Buried ancient rivers and missing martians– our Friday round-up of science headlines!

Perseid Shower

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
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Some tips on viewing one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year!

10,000 Near-Earth Objects

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Asteroid 2013 MZ5 joined the ranks of asteroids and comets whose orbits pass near Earth. On an astronomical scale, “near” means within 28 million miles…

Comet Pan-STARRS

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Comets, stargazing, sky watching, pan, starrs

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 […]

Pinpointing Date of Impact

Friday, February 8th, 2013
extinction, dinosaurs, impact, asteroids, comets, craters, paleontology, argon, dating, geochronology, uc berkeley,

New dating techniques have brought the impact and mass extinction events within a “gnat’s eyebrow.”

Universe Update, January 2012

Friday, January 20th, 2012
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Coming at you from the desk of the Director of the Morrison Planetarium, hand-picked stories in space and astronomy news.

Comet Oceans

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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Did Earth’s oceans arrive by comet?

Ring Ripples Are Comet Clues

Monday, April 4th, 2011
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Ripples in the rings of Saturn and Jupiter can tell scientists when a comet passed through.

2010′s Best Meteor Shower?

Monday, August 9th, 2010
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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.

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