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Kamikaze comet loses its head

Like coins, most comet have both heads and tails. Occasionally, during a close passage of the Sun, a comet's head will be greatly diminished yet still retain a classic cometary outline. Rarely are we left ...

dateMar 03, 2015 in Space Exploration
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ESA image: Comet ISON's swansong

Some had hoped comet ISON would be the comet of the century, lighting Earth's skies during the latter months of 2013. Instead, it was barely visible for ground-based observers, but the Solar and Heliospheric ...

dateDec 01, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Image: The solar cycle

(Phys.org) —It took 10 years to create this image of our changing Sun. Taken from space by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), it shows a dramatically different picture than the one we receive ...

dateApr 01, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Sun has "eureka!" moment

(Phys.org)—At the onset of a series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on August 20, 2012, this bulbous CME certainly resembled a light bulb. It has the thin outer edge and a bright, glowing core at its center. ...

dateAug 27, 2012 in Space Exploration
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SOHO spots 2,000th comet

As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on December 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered ...

dateDec 29, 2010 in Space Exploration
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ESA makes the Sun available to everyone

(PhysOrg.com) -- New software developed by ESA makes available online to everyone, everywhere at anytime, the entire library of images from the SOHO solar and heliospheric observatory. Just download the viewer ...

dateDec 14, 2010 in Space Exploration
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