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Weekender: The Rosetta Mission - Historic Moment or Monumental Cover-Up?

After an amazing ten year journey, the Rosetta mission landed its module Philae on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at 16:03 GMT on Wednesday.

Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket, and has already made history by becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a comet after it reached its long-awaited...
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Will Comet ISON Survive its Sweep Past the Sun?

The universe is putting on its own Thanksgiving Day light show in the form of Comet ISON, which is set to graze the sun tomorrow.

Assuming that the comet does not disintegrate under the pressure of strong gravitational forces or solar energy, it is set to be one of the most brilliant comets of this century.

The shining...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: The Coming of Comet Ison in Astronomy and Astrology

We are getting a sense of astronomical déjà vu here at Unknown Country: Comet ISON is looming in our skies and already there are rumors of an accompanying spaceship, or even that the heavenly body itself is not a comet at all but a triangular-shaped UFO....
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Tiny Comet Strikes Sun as Huge Solar Explosion Takes Place

In the early hours of Tuesday, August 20, a comet estimated to be only sixty to a hundred feet across dove into the sun, causing a huge solar explosion.

Just before the comet hit, a coronal mass ejection exploded off the sun's surface. While there is no known reason that there would be a connection between a CME and the impact of a...
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Comet May Hit Mars in 2014

It may kick up enough red dust to set back planned missions to Mars by several years.

On the Space.com website, Mike Wall reports that a newfound comet will give Mars a close shave next year, and there's a...
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Asteroid on the Way? Pray

That's the (rather unscientific) advice to Congress from NASA chief Charles Bolden, who basically says that if a large asteroid heads towards a big US city--as it recently did in Russia--there's not much else we can do. He told them, "From the information we have, we don't know of an asteroid that will threaten the population of the United...
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Comet Aiming for Mars

Will life on Mars go the way of the dinosaurs before we have a chance to discover it? Incoming Comet C213/A1, discovered on January 1st, is expected by some astronomers to pass within 28,000 miles of Marsin 2014. But cometary trajectories change, and an impact is not impossible, although NASA estimates that the object will pass Mars at a distance...
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When a Comet Exploded in the Air

Ever since the publication of the groundbreaking book the Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes in 2006, a controversy has raged about whether or not the explosion of a comet over southern Canada almost 13,000 years ago might have led to the...
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BOOM!

The are a lot of strange sounds around lately (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to these special...
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Water Means Life--So Harness a Comet

When our satellites search for other planets that might harbor life, they always search for water. But now, for the first time, astronomers have detected around a burgeoning solar system a sprawling cloud of water vapor that's cold enough to form comets, which could eventually deliver oceans to dry planets. And with oceans, life could spring up--...
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Did Comet Cause Massive Solar Explosion on Oct. 1?

A few hours after a comet discovered by amateur astronomers on September 30 impacted the sun, a massive coronal mass ejection took place directly opposite the object's impact point. Previously, solar...
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Are Dangerous Space Rocks Coming Our Way?

Comets make people crazy, and with the 2012 end-of-the-world scenario in people's minds (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), the hype surrounding a minor cometary body called Comet Elenin is approaching a...
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BOOM!

When time slip expert Starfire Tor joined Whitley on Coast to Coast AM on January 9, one of her predictions for 2011 was more meteor strikes. Her prediction has come true already: In Oklahoma, people recently star a "big ball of fire" streaking across the sky. It glowed slightly green, probably...
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A Bright Visitor to the Night Sky

A comet even brighter than Hale-Bopp was in 1995 can now be seen in the night sky. Comet McNaught became visible on January 12 and can be seen through Monday, January 15.

Chinaview.cn reports that McNaught is the brightest comet in 30 years. The comet, which has the official name of C/2006 P1, was discovered by Australian astronomer...

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Comet Continues to Break Up--UPDATE

On Monday, Comet 73P/Schwassmann Wachmann 3 broke in two, and now it is breaking up into smaller pieces as it headstoward the sun. There have been recent internet predictionsthat a large fragment of this comet would strike the earthon May 25, but in a new UPDATE, NASA says this will NOThappen. However, it is possible that meteor showers...

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New Warning About Invisible Comets

Scientists now warn that with even the most sophisticatedastronomical scanning technology, dangerous meteorites arebeing missed and could possibly hit the earth with no warning. Professor Wickramasinghe of the Cardiff University?s centerfor Astrobiology claims that we can no longer assume that wehave decades or even years of warning for certain...

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Keep Your Eye on the Sky

The Moon will became full on February 27th and this full Moon is special because it?s the biggest and brightest of the year. ?Not all full Moons are alike,? says astronomy professor George Lebo. ?Sometimes pollution or volcanic ash shades them with interesting colors. Sometimes haloes form around them -- a result of ice crystals in the air....

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Meteor Storm to Threaten Satellites

A severe meteor storm expected to peak in November will bombard the world?s satellites with an unusually dense amount of space dust, creating the greatest threat of a meteor impact since 1966, according to NASA scientists.

The Leonid meteor shower occurs annually but this year it is expected to be a storm unlike anything seen in recent...

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Sex From Space

Comets and asteroids have been blamed for bringing life to Earth in the form of bacteria and wiping out the dinosaurs. Now scientists say they may also be responsible for sex.

The origin of sex remains one of biology?s greatest mysteries. Scientists can?t say exactly why we do it. Before sex, life seemed to manage fine with asexual...

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