Science and Nature

Comet Encounter

Comets have fascinated, even terrified us for thousands of years. For scientists though, comets are a great opportunity. In 2013, a particularly massive chunk of ice and rock came our way, an object that could fascinate billions and create the space show of the century.

Comet Encounter: Comet of the Century

54m 41s

In this show, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies.

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    Comet Encounter: Comet of the Century

    54m 41s

    In this show, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies.

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    In this show, scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies.

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