Happy New Year, from Fractal Wonder!

Here are some natural fireworks to ring in the new year.  😉

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Asteroid P/2010 A2, photographed by Hubble, was initially thought to be a comet, but further analysis showed that its “tail” was actually debris from a recent, violent impact.

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Here’s Comet Tempel 1, as seen by the Deep Impact spacecraft moments after its copper impactor slammed into the nucleus.

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The doomed supermassive star (possibly double star) Eta Carinae; it could explode in a gigantic supernova at pretty much any time. It’s already been shedding layers of material at a incredible pace; it has semi-regular outbursts, and this material was cast off by an outburst observed in 1841.

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The death of Comet ISON, as seen by SOHO.

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