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China to explore asteroids and comets in the upcoming mission

Following the successful landing of its spaceship Chang'e 4 on the other side of the Moon earlier this year, China plans to expand its space program by exploring an asteroid and a comet within the next three years. China's state-run news agency Xinhua wants China's space program to explore the near-Earth asteroid (2016 HO3) and an asteroid belt comet (133P). …

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Comets zooming through the earth will be visible on Sunday night

If you look into the night sky on Sunday, December 16, 2018, you might be lucky enough to take a look at the Comet 46P / Wirtanen. This comet, discovered in 1948 by Carl Wirtanen, an astronomer, will be located about 799.427 miles from Earth. It may seem extremely remote, but on the galactic level, that's pretty damn near. According …

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That's why comets shine an eerie green color

<div _ngcontent-c16 = "" innerhtml = " C / 2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy on August 17, 2014. This photo was taken from Tucson, Arizona a Sky-Watcher 100mm APO telescope and SBIG STL-11000M camera John Vermette / Wikimedia Commons Comets with extreme regularity will orbit Neptune's orbit into the inner solar system Saturn's orbit …

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How ancient cultures declared comets and meteors

Comets and meteors have fascinated mankind since their discovery in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to understand what these rocks of stone and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myths and legends to explain them. The Greeks and Romans believed that comets, meteors and meteor showers were sinister. They were signs that something good or …

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Asteroid vs Meteor: Differences between asteroids, meteors and comets

What is a comet? Comets are also made of material left over from the formation of the solar system. Unlike an asteroid, however, comets are not just rocky material. They also consist of ice and gas. Comets also orbit the sun, but not like an asteroid. In his description of Meteor Shower, Gregory A. Lyzenga, a physics professor at Harvey …

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"Planet 9" could really be a gang of asteroids shooting comets at us

The mysterious dwarf planet Sedna, discovered in 2003. NASA / JPL At the edge of the solar system, tiny dwarf planets like Sedna are strangely moving, suggesting that an invisible ninth planet in space could lurk behind Neptune and claim its attraction. But new research offers another explanation: the collective gravity of smaller pieces of space debris, such as asteroids, …

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Pluto may have formed from a billion comets

Pluto could be a huge comet in his heart. Researchers have developed a new theory about the origins of the dwarf planet after scrutinizing Sputnik Planitia, the giant nitrogen ice glacier that represents the left-hand side of Pluto's famous "heart." "We found a striking correspondence between the estimated amount of nitrogen within the glacier and the amount that would be …

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Is Pluto actually a mash-up of a billion comets? | Smart news

For decades researchers have been discussing how to classify Pluto. Is it a planet? Is it a dwarf planet? Or is it something completely different? Now, scientists at the Southwest Research Institute suspect it could fall into the third category. As Neel V. Patel reports for Popular Science, Pluto could consist of billions of comets, all of which were mixed …

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Pluto could have been formed by a billion comets

Pluto has fascinated astronomers and space lovers for decades, and since New Horizons visited the distant, icy world in 2015, we've learned more about it than ever before. We also learned more about the various other planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies in the Solar System, thanks to a vast network of space probes from NASA and ESA. Ad – …

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Is Pluto Made from a Billion Comets? | room

<! – -> When the New Horizons spacecraft passed the Pluto system in July 2015, it took on the image of a glacier surface rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane. This is Sputnik Planitia. It forms the left lobe of the large, heart-shaped feature on Pluto's surface. Image via NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / SwRI. …

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