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Comet Encounter

Watch Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10pm on WMHT TV.

Scientists around the world follow a once-in-a-lifetime event, tracing the path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter, is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. However, there is the chance that ISON could evaporate completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart, producing a so-called “string of pearls” – several small comets arching across the night sky. 

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects

Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.

Profile: Shaundra Daily

This software engineer and dancer found her groove teaching children about their emotional lives.

Nature follows one of the most fearless animals in the world: the honey badger.

PBS Nature News

Touching the Wild: Photos: Living Among The Mule Deer

Touching the Wild on NATURE takes place in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming near the ranch belonging to writer, artist and naturalist Joe Hutto (“My Life as a Turkey”). These images, courtesy of...

Touching the Wild: Infographic: North America’s Mule Deer

Your field guide to everything you ever wanted to know about North America's Mule Deer Designer: Karen Brazell.

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