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NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P

21 Nov 2017, 17:00 UTC
NASA Telescope Studies Quirky Comet 45P Gerald Rhemann

When comet 45P zipped past Earth early in 2017, researchers observing from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, or IRTF, in Hawai’i gave the long-time trekker a thorough astronomical checkup. The results help fill in crucial details about ices in Jupiter-family comets and reveal that quirky 45P doesn’t quite match any comet studied so far.

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