Astro Blog articles for comets

Rosetta Mission Excitement Builds

Posted: 23 Oct 2014

Recently, Chris North from Cardiff University and The Sky at Night, sat down with Alan Fitzsimmons, from Queen's University Belfast and Oxford's own PhD student Becky Smethurst to discuss the excitement surrounding the Rosetta Mission, which is set to land on Comet 67P on November 12th 2014.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-RMHfwa5zo

Rosetta and the Rubber Ducky: arrival at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Posted: 06 Aug 2014

Today, August 6th 2014, marks a significant milestone in European exploration of our solar system. After a 10-year, 6 billion-kilometre journey, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft achieved a successful rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At 10 am this morning, Rosetta fired its rockets and altered its trajectory to go into a series of triangular passes around the comet.

Exploring the Frontier

Posted: 06 Aug 2012

Whilst we go about our busy lives, a host of unmanned space probes are investigating other worlds. Oxford astronomer Joseph Caruana takes a look at some of the spacecraft currently exploring our Solar System.

Homo Sapiens has always been on the move, from the time our species migrated out of Africa more than 50,000 years ago, to later times when seas were traversed, oceans mastered and new continents discovered.