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Comet 2I/Borisov is the most pristine visitor from outer space ever observed
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Comet 2I/Borisov is the most pristine visitor from outer space ever observed

Pristine, in astronomical terms, describes a comet that has never passed close enough to a star to be transformed by its searing heat.

Comet from solar system's edge triggered a winter that killed the dinosaurs 66 mn-years-ago: Harvard study
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Comet from solar system's edge triggered a winter that killed the dinosaurs 66 mn-years-ago: Harvard study

These long-period comets take about 200 years to orbit the Sun and we can expect similar impacts every 250 million to 750 million years.

UK scientists gear up to build a comet-chasing spacecraft that will launch in 2028
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UK scientists gear up to build a comet-chasing spacecraft that will launch in 2028

The mission will allow scientists to know about the history of the solar system as never seen before.

NASA's time-lapse of the Comet ISON shows it journeying towards the Sun, before it broke apart in 2013
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NASA's time-lapse of the Comet ISON shows it journeying towards the Sun, before it broke apart in 2013

ISON had a tail that was 20 times wider than the full Moon and its head was so bright that it could have been seen in the “pre-dawn eye with the unaided eye”.

After two years circling asteroid Bennu, NASA's Osiris-Rex mission to touch down, collect samples
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After two years circling asteroid Bennu, NASA's Osiris-Rex mission to touch down, collect samples

While NASA has brought back comet dust and solar wind particles, it’s never attempted to sample one of the nearly 1 million known asteroids lurking in our solar system until now.

Hubble telescope captures close-up shot of ‘celebrity’ comet NEOWISE as it passes by the Sun
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Hubble telescope captures close-up shot of ‘celebrity’ comet NEOWISE as it passes by the Sun

NASA’s Hubble telescope captured close-up shots of the coma of the comet which is the cloud of gas and dust that surrounds the icy nucleus of the comet.

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight: Interesting facts, tips to spot the year's best meteor shower display
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Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight: Interesting facts, tips to spot the year's best meteor shower display

Following the faint Delta Aquariids meteor shower in July come the Perseids, which is arguably the best and brightest meteor shower throughout the year.

Asteroid 2020 ND expected to pass Earth at dizzying speed of 48,000 kmph at 8.43 pm IST
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Asteroid 2020 ND expected to pass Earth at dizzying speed of 48,000 kmph at 8.43 pm IST

The asteroid was 'nudged' into Earth's near neighbourhood by the gravitational pull of planets as it orbits through the solar system.

Carbon levels in Comet Atlas could help astronomers detect the age of other comets
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Carbon levels in Comet Atlas could help astronomers detect the age of other comets

Comet Atlas was a long-period comet, one that enters the Solar System once in 5,476 years.

Black hole the size of a grapefruit lurking at the edges of our solar system 'could be Planet X'
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Black hole the size of a grapefruit lurking at the edges of our solar system 'could be Planet X'

The Legacy Survey of Space and Time telescope should be able to confirm or rule out if Planet X is a black hole or not.

Asteroid that is three times bigger than the Big Ben shot past the Earth at a speed of 46,400 kmph
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Asteroid that is three times bigger than the Big Ben shot past the Earth at a speed of 46,400 kmph

NEO's are comets or asteroids that have been "nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood."

New type of Trojan asteroid discovered near Jupiter has an orbit like an asteroid but the tail of a comet
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New type of Trojan asteroid discovered near Jupiter has an orbit like an asteroid but the tail of a comet

It is believed that Trojan asteroids have large amounts of ice beneath their surfaces, but there was never any evidence untill now.

Hubble Space Telescope captures sharpest images of the disintegration of the comet Atlas
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Hubble Space Telescope captures sharpest images of the disintegration of the comet Atlas

The comet was discovered on 29 December last year by the ATLAS robotic astronomical survey system.

Interstellar object 2I/Borisov is very different from other comets that have formed in our solar system
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Interstellar object 2I/Borisov is very different from other comets that have formed in our solar system

Gas coming from 2I/Borisov contained high amounts of carbon monoxide indicating the object had large concentrations of carbon monoxide ice.

Oumuamua might be wreckage from a planet ripped apart after it got too close to its Star
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Oumuamua might be wreckage from a planet ripped apart after it got too close to its Star

Since its discovery in 2017, scientists were puzzled by its origin and nature and some thought it might be an alien spacecraft.

Asteroid or comet impact triggered abrupt climate change, extinction of ice-age animals
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Asteroid or comet impact triggered abrupt climate change, extinction of ice-age animals

In the last few years, scientists have found a variety of exotic impact-related materials all over the globe.

Treasure trove of fossil reveal post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid hit Earth
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Treasure trove of fossil reveal post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid hit Earth

Mammals had lived in the large shadow of the dinosaurs, never getting bigger than a small dog until the mass extinction.

Mega asteroid as big as the Burj Khalifa to fly really close to the Earth today
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Mega asteroid as big as the Burj Khalifa to fly really close to the Earth today

The asteroid is classified as potentially hazardous but there is no chance of it colliding with our planet.

Hubble has taken a good, long look at our Earth's newest interstellar visitor, 2I/Borisov
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Hubble has taken a good, long look at our Earth's newest interstellar visitor, 2I/Borisov

The Hubble telescope caught some glam shots, over the weekend, from a distance of 420 million kilometers.