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tghis day in the yesteryear: Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)

Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)

In March 1993, astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy made the first observation of a comet orbiting a planet rather than the Sun. Sixteen months later, fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, providing the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects. The impact left prominent scars that some said were more easily visible than the planet’s Great Red Spot. How did the event highlight Jupiter’s role as “cosmic vacuum cleaner“? More… Discuss

WATCH LIVE MONDAY NIGHT: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Webcasts by Slooh, NASA

WATCH LIVE MONDAY NIGHT: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Webcasts by Slooh, NASA

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will rain bits of Halley’s Comet on Earth overnight on May 5 and 6, and you can watch the ‘shooting stars’ display live online. Webcasts are available from NASA and the Slooh community telescope. Full Story: Meteor Shower Made By Halley’s Comet Is Peaking Now: Watch Live Online

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is one of two celestial light shows each year caused debris from Halley’s Comet. The other display is the annual Orionid meteor shower in mid-October. For May’s Eta Aquarid display, the peak will be overnight on May 5 and 6. You can watch live webcasts of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower from the Slooh community telescope beginning at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 May 6 GMT):

Scheduled for May 5, 2014

On the night of May 5th, Slooh will broadcast the live coverage of the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower. Coverage will begin on Monday, May 5th. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com. The live image stream from upstate New York will be accompanied by expert audio from Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman.



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Hale-Bopp Comet Makes Closest Approach to Earth (1997)

Likely the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, Hale-Bopp—named for American astronomers Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp—was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, observable even from large cities with light-polluted skies. The comet’s passage excited stargazers but also incited various conspiracy theories. The notion that it was followed by an alien spacecraft inspired a mass suicide among members of the Heaven’s Gate cult. When will Hale-Bopp return to the inner solar systemMore… Discuss


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