Rosetta's Final Day: Scientists Await Comet Probe's Crash

By Megan Gannon, Space.com Contributor | September 29, 2016 05:47pm ET
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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft captured this image of Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko in March 2015, from a distance of 53.3 miles (85.7 kilometers). Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM в─" CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
DARMSTADT, Germany - Investigators for the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission have learned to expect surprises.

Get ready for the Black Moon: Spooky-sounding sky event that only comes once every few years

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A full moon seen on September 17, 2016 from Jerusalem. The black moon will look approximately the opposite of how the moon looks in this photo.
It will occur at precisely 8:11 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, September 30. Although, as the name suggests, it wonв─(tm)t really be visible. Itв─(tm)sВ the elusive в─°black moon,в─² the rare occurrence of a second new moon within a single calendar month.В

'Golden Record' Sent to Aliens Now Available on Earth

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | September 29, 2016 05:01pm ET
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A Kickstarter campaign recreated the golden records to make them available to the public for the first time ever. Credit: Lawrence Azerrad/Ozma Records
In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft that would venture far out into deep space, each carrying a golden record with a message from Earth for any aliens the vessels might encounter. Now, for the first time ever, that record will be available to people on Earth.

Science Channel to Pay Tribute to Rosetta Comet Mission Friday

By Calla Cofield, Space.com Staff Writer | September 29, 2016 03:00pm ET
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This Friday night (Sept. 30), the Science Channel will air a TV special about the Rosetta probe, which is set to crash into a comet that same day.
The two-part Rosetta spacecraft is designed to orbit and land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. See how the Rosetta spacecraft works in this Space.com infographic. Credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Rosetta Probe Inspired Sci-Fi Short Returns With 'Ambition - Epilogue' | Video

By Steve Spaleta | September 29, 2016 03:26pm ET
Prior to the Rosetta mission's rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko, the sci-fi short film "Ambition," starring Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi , was released by the European Space Agency. "Ambition - Epilogue" concludes the film.
'Ambition': Rosetta Inspired Sci-Fi Short - Behind The Scenes Video
credit : European Space Agency (2016)
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The Golden Record in Pictures: Voyager Probes' Message to Space Explained

By Hanneke Weitering, Staff Writer-Producer | September 29, 2016 05:22pm ET
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Voyager's Golden Record
NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft launched in August and September 1977. Aboard each spacecraft is a golden record, a collection of sights, sounds and greetings from Earth. There are 117 images and greetings in 54 languages, with a variety of natural and human-made sounds like storms, volcanoes, rocket launches, airplanes and animals.
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Credit: NASA The Sounds of Earth

Thank You Rosetta! Probe Set To Execute Collision Maneuver | Video

By Steve Spaleta | September 29, 2016 01:35pm ET
After 12 years in space and incredible amounts of science delivered , ESA's Rosetta probe will execute its collision maneuver on Sept. 29, 2016, that will cause it to crash into Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko about 14 hours later (Sept. 30).
credit : Space.com / Imagery courtesy: ESA / edited by @SteveSpaleta
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Gamma-Ray Binary Star System Found In Another Galaxy For First Time | Video

By Steve Spaleta | September 29, 2016 04:01pm ET
Using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope , scientists have found a star 25- 40 times the mass of the sun and a neutron star orbiting each other in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The system, called LMC P3, are producing a "cyclic flood of gamma rays," according to NASA. The space telescope was previously used to find 5 of these systems in the Milky Way.
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Black Moon, Blood Moon, Blue Moon: What's With All These Weird Moon Names?

By Elizabeth Howell, Space.com Contributor | September 29, 2016 02:22pm ET
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Black Moon, Blue Moon, blood moon, supermoon - what's the difference between all these moon types? We have a quick guide below to help you distinguish moon from moon.
Bear in mind that, in most cases, the nicknames given to different moon events do not have large astronomical significance. In most cases, the names refer to some connection between the position or phase of the moon and the Gregorian calendar.

Rosetta mission: Six things we've learnt about comets from the super spacecraft and its probe Philae

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When the Rosetta mission began, scientists knew very little about 67P.
"Hello Comet": The Rosetta space probe tweeted this photo of 67P more than two years ago. (Credit: ABC licensed)
If the launch of the Rosetta mission had gone to plan back in 2004, we would never have heard of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Instead, we'd be talking about a comet called 46P/Wirtanen.
But the launch was delayed by four days and 46P/Wirtanen missed its chance to be the most studied comet of all time.

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