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Could the total solar eclipse reveal a comet?

Karl Battams • August 16, 2017

Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet!

Comet Siding Spring: Exciting times

Karl Battams • October 06, 2014 • 5

We're now less than two weeks away from Comet Siding Spring buzzing ridiculously close to Mars, and the excitement is building - in both good and bad ways...

Preparing for A-MAVEN Science!

Karl Battams • October 03, 2014 • 3

How can we use MAVEN to learn about Comet Siding Spring, passing very close by Mars this month?

The Pivotal Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Karl Battams • August 29, 2014 • 5

Karl Battams highlights the historic discovery, by an Air Force satellite, of a sungrazing comet.

Comet Siding Spring: Risk Assessment

Karl Battams • August 07, 2014 • 6

On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring is going to have an extremely close encounter with the planet Mars. The bottom line: it seems most likely that our Martian spacecraft will be absolutely fine.

A new comet observing campaign for C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)

Karl Battams • January 27, 2014 • 1

You thought you were rid of us...but we're back! Following the spectacular and, quite frankly unprecedented, success of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign, we are launching a similar venture for another unique cometary encounter that's happening this year. In October 2014, comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass extremely close to Mars.

The Mercury Transit You Probably Missed

Karl Battams • December 30, 2013 • 2

Planetary transits of the Sun by Mercury and Venus don't come along very often, and when they do we make a big deal of it because, well, it's really cool!

Schrödinger's Comet

Karl Battams • November 28, 2013 • 9

After impressing us yesterday, comet ISON faded dramatically overnight, and left us with a comet with no apparent nucleus in the SOHO/LASCO C2 images. As the comet plunged through the solar atmosphere, and failed to put on a show in the SDO images, we understandably concluded that ISON had succumbed to its passage and died a fiery death. Except it didn't. Well, maybe...

ISON, Encke, Mercury, and Home

Karl Battams • November 22, 2013 • 3

Comet ISON has entered the field of view of the STEREO HI-1A camera, and, in an awesome animation, it joins a large cast of characters already present there.

Comet ISON Enters the Final Countdown

Karl Battams • November 19, 2013 • 6

We're now less than two weeks away from comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) reaching perihelion and, if we’re honest, we are still none the wiser as to how the situation might play out!

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