One Weird Comet!

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE, has identified its first new comet since coming out of hibernation, and let’s just say it’s unique.

    NASA's Near­Earth Object Wide­Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or

     

    NEOWISE, found it's first comet since coming out of hiberation, Comet

     

    C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE).  Yeah, not a very spectacular name.  This

     

    never­before­seen comet is a real weirdo, say astronomers!  This

     

    particular comet has a retrograde orbit, meaning that it orbits the Sun in

     

    the opposite way that Earth and the other planets do. NASA brought

     

    NEOWISE out of retirement to help with the effort to identifiy potentially

     

    hazardous objects that are near to Earth.