Astronomers Primed to Track Spectacular Comet Encounters

Three major comet flyby events are predicted over the next two years, providing amateurs and professionals with an opportunity to unlock their secrets.

December 1, 2016
7:00 AM EST
One of the things astronomers need is information about dust outbursts. Here is an extreme close-up of what these outbursts look like on a comet (specifically, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen by the Rosetta spacecraft in 2014).Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA