Comet Pan-STARRS, now visible in the southern hemisphere, is brightening as it approaches the sun. The comet will pass about 100 million miles from Earth in March and is expected to be visible to observers in the northern hemisphere.
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Stardust-NExT is closing in for a second look of the comet on Feb. 14, 2011.
NASA’s Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft is hurtling toward Comet Hartley 2 for a breathtaking 435-mile flyby on Nov. 4th. Mission scientists say all systems are go for a close encounter with one of the smallest yet most active comets they’ve seen.
Researches confirm presence of amino acid returned from dust collected from Comet Wild 2 with the Stardust spacecraft.
The comet makes its closest approach to Earth (0.41 AU) on Feb. 24, 2009
Comet Holmes, a dim comet visible only in telescopes, unexpectedly brightened in the past couple of weeks and is now visible to the naked eye.
Comet McNaught, discovered last year, is continuing to brighten and is now visible to viewers in the southen hemisphere.
A cometary “string-of-pearls” flew past Earth in May 2006 giving astronomers a fantastic view of a dying comet.
Scientists find presence of minerals that formed in high temperatures in the comet dust returned by NASA’s Stardust mission. The presence of Olivine suggests that the material may have been formed near the center of the solar system, instead of outside the solar system, as previously believed.
NASA’S Stardust Mission
After seven years in space, NASA’s Stardust sample return mission returned safely to Earth when the capsule carrying cometary and interstellar particles successfully touched down at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time (3:10 a.m. Mountain time) in the desert salt flats of the U.S. Air Force Utah Test and Training Range.