Comets

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Carolyn Shoemaker obituary
American astronomer, leading asteroid hunter and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter

Michael Rowan-Robinson

27, Sep, 2021 @5:46 PM

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Why don’t we see more meteorites after big asteroid belt collisions?
Amount of cosmic debris reaching Earth has stayed surprisingly constant in last 500m years, say scientists

Kate Ravilious

03, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first
Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system origin

Ian Sample Science editor

22, Apr, 2021 @11:16 PM

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British engineers to start work on 'comet chaser' probe
Mission will record details about the composition of the astral bodies and could be launched in 2028

Ian Sample Science editor

14, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Starwatch: how to see the Orionid meteor shower
In the final week of British summer time, meteors from Comet Halley will be streaking across the night sky

Stuart Clark

18, Oct, 2020 @8:30 PM

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How to find comet Neowise, lying low in the northern sky
Neowise, one of the brightest comets since Hale-Bopp, can be seen with the naked eye, but you’ll need binoculars to see the tail

Stuart Clark

19, Jul, 2020 @8:30 PM

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Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2020: Australians told to look to the skies early Wednesday for best views
This will be a good meteor show to see from the southern hemisphere, but you’ll need to be up early, experts say. See where, when and how to watch in Australia

Graham Readfearn

05, May, 2020 @9:58 AM

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Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua believed to be ‘active asteroid’
Scientists believe cigar-shaped visitor to our solar system is fragment of a larger body

Nicola Davis

13, Apr, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Starwatch: Leonid shooting stars return for their annual visit
Meteor showers originated from comet 55P/Tempel–Tuttle will be preceded by Taurids six days before

Stuart Clark

10, Nov, 2019 @9:30 PM

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Interstellar comet just like ones from our solar system – astronomers
Scientists tracking 2I/Borisov say some formation processes may be common between stars

Ian Sample Science editor

14, Oct, 2019 @3:00 PM

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The Guardian view on spaceflight: the outward urge
Editorial: Missions like Nasa’s flyby of Ultima Thule, and China’s to place a lander on the far side of the moon, are more than a triumph of technology

Editorial

02, Jan, 2019 @6:26 PM

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Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft 'phones home' after flyby of Ultima Thule
Scientists celebrate probe’s successful completion of most distant space flyby in history

Ben Quinn and Ian Sample

01, Jan, 2019 @4:13 PM

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