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After Long Sleep, Comet Chaser Gets Wake-Up Call

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, an...

Comet ISON of the Season

Dr. Tyler Nordgren | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Dr. Tyler Nordgren

Comet ISON is now two days away from a close encounter with the Sun, an encounter that it very well may not survive. On Thursday ISON will sweep around the Sun, clearing its roiling surface by as little as 800,000 miles. After Thanksgiving, one of three fates will have come to pass.

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-25-cometisondavid1125.jpg As astronomers who have been watching the comet know, however, the past few days -- and the next few days -- will not be the best ones to try to catch the comet.

Will 'Comet Of Century' Survive?

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the ...

WATCH: NASA Explains 'How To Cook A Comet'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Science

You don't need NASA to tell you how to cook an egg. Mac and cheese? You can handle that too. But when it comes to knowing how to "cook" a comet, NASA'...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 18-24

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-20-cometisondavideichler20.jpg In late November, Comet ISON moves its fastest as it flies from Virgo, through Libra and Scorpius, and then heads north into Ophiuchus.

LOOK: 'Comet Of The Century' Dances Through Constellations

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

Grab your binoculars, stargazers. Touted as the "comet of the century," Comet ISON is in full "outburst mode," having brightened dramatically over the...

LOOK: 'Comet Of Century' Lightens Up

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.15.2013 | Science

Get ready for a stellar show. The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye according to reports from many observers. Comet ISON ...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 11-17

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-11-Davidjeichlercometison3.jpg Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the much-anticipated visitor from the distant depths of the solar system, continues to brighten and this week should reach naked-eye visibility as seen from a dark sky, away from city lights.

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 4-10

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to b...

How to See Comet ISON This Week!

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

11 Cool Facts About Comets

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The world is set to go comet crazy next month, as the highly anticipated Comet ISON comes into view. "Comet ISON has the potential to be among the ...

Comet ISON and the Meaning of Life

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The science world is turning its attention to the skies as a comet closes in that may be dramatically bright beginning next month.

WATCH: Giant Balloon Poised To Hunt 'Comet Of The Century'

Space.com | Leonard David | Posted 09.27.2013 | Science

A colossal NASA balloon is poised to carry a free-hanging gondola sky-high on a mission to take a gander at celestial grandeur: Comet ISON. Weather ...

Space Agency Gives Up On Spacecraft

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — A spacecraft that gave scientists their first peek into a comet's icy interior will explore no more, NASA said Friday. The space ...

Comet ISON: The Real Story

David J. Eicher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

Ever since astronomers discovered Comet ISON a year ago, bloggers, science writers, and soothsayers have jumped on the bandwagon, proclaiming the comet will be "as bright as the Full Moon" or, more recently, a "complete and utter dud."

WATCH: Comet Makes Suicidal Plunge Into Sun

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

A small comet dove headlong toward the sun this week in a cosmic death-dive captured on camera by a spacecraft — an opening act of sorts for the hi...

The Perseids: Our Connection to the Stars

Jim Moore | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science
Jim Moore

It is time for the Perseid meteor shower, August's illuminating pre-dawn treat for sky gazers. The fiery streaks of dust and sand-sized bits of grit are the sparkling wake residue of comet Swift-Tuttle, last seen in northern hemisphere skies in 1992.

August Could Be Banner Month For Skywatchers

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science

August could be a banner month for skywatchers, weather permitting. The August night sky stars the return of the potentially spectacular Comet ISON,...

'Comet Of The Century' May Be Anything But

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.31.2013 | Science

It doesn't look like Comet ISON will live up to the considerable hype, one researcher says. ISON has been billed as a potential "comet of the centur...

WATCH: Could This Comet Destroy Earth?

weather.com | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science

The Weather Channel host Matt Sampson talks to the Managing Editor of Space.com about Comet ISON and if we can expect to see it in December....

James Rollins: Renaissance Man

Rob Taub | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Rob Taub

I was first introduced to Michael Crichton in 1971, when I read The Andromeda Strain as a high school freshman. Shortly thereafter I saw the movie Westworld and I was hooked.

NASA Revises Odds Of Comet Impact On Mars

Posted 04.15.2013 | Science

By: Staff, SPACE.com Published: 04/15/2013 12:30 PM EDT on SPACE.com A comet that had a slim chance of crashing into Mars in 2014 will almost cert...