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Telescopes capture moon impact during eclipse
Telescopes capture moment of impact during eclipse of moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week's eclipsed moon.
Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse late Sunday and early Monday. The strike was seen by telescopes in Spain and elsewhere as a bright flash.
Comet named after Wisconsin astronomer to pass by Earth
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A comet named after a Wisconsin astronomer will soon streak past Earth and be the brightest comet of the year.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen will fly by Earth in the next week, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported . It will be one of the closest comet flybys since the 1950s, but will look like a dim blur of glowing gray light.
First, space ship clouds. Now, falling stars.
The Orionid meteor shower will be visible in the skies above Boulder County and across the country this weekend.
People hoping to get a glimpse of the meteor shower -- which can produce 20 to 30 meteors per hour -- should look towards the east in the early morning hours of Saturday and Sunday, according to space.com.
Did a cosmic crash heat up Earth 56 million years ago?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers have found evidence that a comet or space rock smashed into Earth 56 million years ago, perhaps setting off a massive warming that began around that time.
It's a suggestion that is causing much debate among scientists, many of whom question the link. Researchers study the mysterious ancient warming to better understand current man-made climate change and Earth's future.
Europe’s comet probe Rosetta ends 12-year mission with crash
BERLIN (AP) — After 12 years of hurtling through space in pursuit of a comet, the Rosetta probe ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it was sent out to study.
Mission controllers lost contact with the probe, as expected, after it hit the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 1039 GMT (6:39 a.m. EDT) Friday, the European Space Agency said.
Scientists bid farewell to Rosetta space probe before crash
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists began saying their final farewells to the Rosetta space probe Thursday, hours before its planned crash-landing on a comet, but said that data collected during the mission would provide discoveries for many years to come.
The spacecraft, launched in 2004, took a decade to reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it released a smaller probe called Philae that performed the first comet landing in November 2014.
- Valley Morning StarLocal viewers take in grandeur of Comet 46P/WirtanenDecember 18, 2018
- Post-BulletinStarwatch: Celestial meditation and a close encounter with a cometDecember 16, 2018
- Valley Morning StarComet 46P/Wirtanen to be 10th-closest in modern timesDecember 8, 2018
- The News-TimesEarth Matters Prime time for comet viewing coming upNovember 10, 2018