COBS NEWS Archive

Jan. 15, 2018

Rosetta and Planck honoured in annual Royal Astronomical Society awards

ESA’s Matt Taylor has been awarded the 2018 Service Award for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society for his outstanding contribution to the Rosetta mission, while the Planck mission has been honoured with the Group Achievement Award for their extraordinary achievements in cosmology.

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Jan. 11, 2018

NASA's newly renamed Swift Mission spies a comet slowdown

NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

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Jan. 08, 2018

Arecibo Radar Returns with Asteroid Phaethon Images

After several months of downtime since Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar has returned to normal operation, providing the highest-resolution images to date of near-Earth asteroid 3200 Phaethon during its December 2017 close approach to Earth.

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Jan. 08, 2018

NASA Invests in Concept Development for Missions to Comet, Saturn Moon Titan

NASA has selected two finalist concepts for a robotic mission planned to launch in the mid-2020s: a comet sample return mission and a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore potential landing sites on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

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Dec. 20, 2017

Alien object 'Oumuama was a natural body visiting from another solar system

Scientists have investigated a mysterious object that passed close to Earth after arriving from deep interstellar space.

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Dec. 20, 2017

New CCD camera and chip keys added

New CCD camera and CCD chip keys have been added to the COBS database

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Dec. 06, 2017

NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P

When comet 45P zipped past Earth early in 2017, researchers observing from NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility, or IRTF, in Hawai'i gave the long-time trekker a thorough astronomical checkup. The results help fill in crucial details about ices in Jupiter-family comets and reveal that quirky 45P doesn't quite match any comet studied so far.

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Nov. 06, 2017

Return of the comet: 96P spotted by ESA, NASA satellites

Sun-gazing missions SOHO and STEREO watched the return of comet 96P/Machholz when it entered their fields of view between Oct. 25-30. It is extremely rare for comets to be seen simultaneously from two different locations in space, and these are the most comprehensive parallel observations ever taken of this comet.

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Oct. 27, 2017

Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System

A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.

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Oct. 26, 2017

Scientists detect comets outside our solar system

Scientists, working closely with amateur astronomers, have spotted the dusty tails of six exocomets -- comets outside our solar system -- orbiting a faint star 800 light years from Earth.

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