Rosetta Spacecraft Getting Closer to Target Comet

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Esa's Rosetta mission is currently making its way towards a comet in the solar system. And, in a series of stunning new images, it reveals how comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has begun to develop into an exciting ball of dust and gas. Over a period of six weeks the comet has begun to extend its dusty veil known as a 'coma' into space.

Ikeya Seki in 1965

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Ikeya Seki in 1965
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Comet Ikeya-Seki,long-period comet that is one of a group of Sun-grazing comets having similar orbits and including the great comet known as 1882 II. Comet Ikeya-Seki was discovered Sept. 18, 1965, by two Japanese amateur astronomers, Ikeya Kaoru and Seki Tsutomu. Moving in a retrograde orbit, the comet made its closest approach to the Sun on Oct. 21, 1965, at a distance less than a solar radius from the surface.

Comet Lovejoy Sails Across the Sky

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Comet Lovejoy Sails Across the Sky
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As seen from the European Very Large Telescope.