Comet Lovejoy lived up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol as well as a type of sugar into space, according to new observations by an international team. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol, the .
This series of images of Comet was captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 12 August just a few hours before the comet reached the closest point to the Sun along its orbit, or perihelion.The images were taken from a distance o…
Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around 9 p. Pacific time on July when the spacecraft was about million miles from the dwarf planet.
The faint and somehow menacing cometary globule reaches through the center of this deep southern skyscape. About light-years from Earth toward the constellation Puppis, its head is about light-years in diameter and its tail about 8 light-years long.