The French group's Ledorga decision to name the Alfa Romeo MiTo the "Gay Car of the Year" seems to lose ground in face of the Italian manufacturer's determination to make the model an European hit. Alfa Romeo is preparing a GTA version of the controverted MiTo which will be unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. In line with the famous Gran Turismo Alleggerita (GTA) signature, the MiTo GTA Concept prioritizes weight reduction and an optimum power to weight ratio. The car's ...
Comet (Lovejoy), showing an exquisitely detailed ion tail. As the name implies, the ion tail is made of ionized gas -- gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind.
Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2 snapped on December 16th. Its lovely coma is tinted green by diatomic C2 gas fluorescing in sunlight. Discovered in August of this year, this Comet Lovejoy is currently sweeping north through the constellation Columba, heading for Lepus south of Orion and bright enough to offer good binocular views. This comet Lovejoy will pass closest to planet Earth on January 7, while its perihelion (closest point to the Sun) will be on January 30.
You won’t need fancy equipment to watch a dazzling space rock soar across the night sky early next month. The Lovejoy comet, known to the scientific community as C/2014 Q2, is visible with the aid of binoculars throughout much of January. And it will be at its brightest on Jan. 7, 2015. People in the countryside — far from the light population of major cities — will get to scope out the comet with nothing but their eyes.