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  • Comet ISON is no more

    Comet ISON is no more

    Monday, December 2 2013 1:03 PM EST2013-12-02 18:03:42 GMT
    Source: NASASource: NASA
    Two workers from the Flandrau Science Center, Blythe Guvenen & Ali, snapped the below photo of Comet ISON on Tuesday October 22, 2013. While Comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 by two astronomers
    The comet's nucleus succumbed to the sun, moving as close as 730,000 miles to the central star of our solar system. 
  • Comet ISON making its way toward the third rock

    Comet ISON making its way toward the third rock

    Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:40 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:40:33 GMT
    For the first time since its discovery, Comet ISON has approached the inner solar system. It is currently located just inside Jupiter's orbit and within six months should be at its closest location to
    Comet ISON is nearing planet Earth.  It is currently inside Jupiter's orbit getting close to the inner solar system.  By late this year it could become the brightest object in the night sky.
  • Comet ISON could be the brightest in 50 years

    Comet ISON could be the brightest in 50 years

    Wednesday, April 3 2013 12:11 AM EDT2013-04-03 04:11:43 GMT
    Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have used NASA's Swift satellite to check out comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), which may become one of the most dazzling
    NASA is keeping an eye on a comet that is sure to bring us a show near the end of the year.
  • Southern Arizona couple takes impressive video of Comet Pan-STARRS

    Southern Arizona couple takes impressive video of Comet Pan-STARRS

    Friday, November 15 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-11-15 19:16:02 GMT
    Shot from remote, and very dark Cochise County, Astropixels.com/blog shows impressive video of how Pan-STARRS looks outside of city lights.This will be worth taking a look at this weekend, especially if
    See new video of the comet as it becomes more visible in southern Arizona's sky!
  • The great comets

    The great comets

    Monday, March 11 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-03-11 20:28:43 GMT
    Hundreds of tiny comets pass through the inner Solar System every year, but very few are actually noticed by people who are not astronomers. About every 10 years, a comet becomes bright enough to be noticed
    How rare are comets? When was the last one we saw?
  • What's the difference between an asteroid and a comet?

    What's the difference between an asteroid and a comet?

    Thursday, March 7 2013 3:06 PM EST2013-03-07 20:06:00 GMT
    The main difference between an asteroid and a comet is what they are made of. Asteroids are made up of metals and rocky material. Comets are made up of ice, dust and rocky material. Two Tails of
    The main difference between a comet and asteroid
  • Weather 101: What is a comet?

    Weather 101: What is a comet?

    Thursday, March 7 2013 1:42 PM EST2013-03-07 18:42:14 GMT
    A comet is a remnant from the formation of stars and planets billions of years ago.It is made of ice and rocks.As the comet is hurled toward the sun by gravitational forces, its ice is vaporized. That
    The tail, the middle, it's all part of a comet!
  • Chasing comets, how to see them in the sky

    Chasing comets, how to see them in the sky

    Friday, November 15 2013 2:14 PM EST2013-11-15 19:14:18 GMT
    Coming up next week Comet Pan-STARRS is visible in the western sky around sunset.
    A website tracks when and where to look to catch comets in the night sky. 
  • Comet discovered by Mt. Lemmon Sky Survey visible in April!

    Comet discovered by Mt. Lemmon Sky Survey visible in April!

    Tuesday, February 5 2013 7:26 AM EST2013-02-05 12:26:18 GMT
    This story is from SpaceWeather.comCOMET LEMMON UPDATE: Glowing much brighter than expected, Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6) is gliding through the
    A comet discovered by the SkyCenter on Mt. Lemmon now bears its name. It's coming in April!
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