Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Solar system

Accidental investigation

Astronomers would be expected to recognize comets easily when they see them, not least because of the objects' bright tails. But when planetary accidents try to fool them, their job is no longer that simple. See Letters p.814 & p.817

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Comet? Not really.

SPACEWATCH, UNIV. ARIZONA/NASA

References

  1. Snodgrass, C. et al. Nature 467, 814–816 (2010).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Jewitt, D. et al. Nature 467, 817–819 (2010).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Jewitt, D., Annis, J. & Soares-Santos, M. IAU Circ. 9109, 3 (2010).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. Licandro, J., Tozzi, G. P., Liimets, T., Haver, R. & Buzzi, L. IAU Circ. 9109, 4 (2010).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. Hirayama, K. Astron. J. 31, 185–188 (1918).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. http://www.minorplanetcenter.org/iau/MPCORB.html

  7. Nesvorný, D., Bottke, W. F. Jr, Dones, L. & Levison, H. F. Nature 417, 720–722 (2002).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Farley, K. A., Vokrouhlický, D., Bottke, W. F. & Nesvorný, D. Nature 439, 295–297 (2006).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Nesvorný, D. Accidental investigation. Nature 467, 792–793 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/467792a

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/467792a

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing