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Location of a List of Solar System Objects and Their Naming Conventions?

Question: Simple question.  What is the website address that I may gain access to the recorded bodies and there naming conventions?  — Chuck Answer: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) maintains a web site which contains all of the information regarding … Continue reading

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Ages of the Taurid and Perseid Meteor Showers

Question:  Hi, I have a quick question about the meteor showers known as the Taurids and Perseids: would they have been visible to an observer on Earth in around 4000 BCE? Or are they a more recent phenomenon? Many thanks, … Continue reading

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Comet Lovejoy’s Tail

Question: I just saw the photos of comet Lovejoy and its wiggly tail on It appears the tail is pointed toward the sun. Can you explain this? I thought the solar wind always drew the tail away from the … Continue reading

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