Midnight In The Desert — 67P

Building blocks of life found on comet 67P

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Building blocks of life found on comet 67P

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home. The probe, which became the first spacecraft in history to go in to orbit around a comet when it arrived back in August 2014, has already returned a wealth of information as part of its ongoing efforts to conduct the most detailed study of a comet ever undertaken. Its most recent findings, which were announced by scientists on Friday, include the discovery of the amino acid glycine as well as a range of organic molecules within the comet's dusty atmosphere. The presence of these...

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There's Something Very Strange in This New Image of Comet 67P

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There's Something Very Strange in This New Image of Comet 67P

The Rosetta spacecraft has the best view of comet 67P, but astronomers right here on Earth are following the famous space rock’s trek across the solar system too. In the image above, they’ve spotted something very strange: The comet has two tails. This shot of 67P was captured by Alan Fitzsimmons on January 19th, 2016, with the Isaac Newton Telescope at the La Palma Observatory. Using a red filter and post-processing to pick out distinct structures, Fitzsimmons was able to spot two separate trails of particles emanating from the icy beast. But fear not, skywatchers: this isn’t a portent of...

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