Think comets are cool? Tweet about them!

By Phil Plait | May 31, 2011 11:25 pm

The European Space Agency is sponsoring a contest: if you think comets are cool, tweet about them! The winner gets a trip to Darmstadt, Germany — ESA’s operating HQ — to celebrate 25 years of exploring comets.

There are rules, but they boil down to posting on Twitter about comets, using the "#coolcomet" hashtag, and providing an optional link to a non-text page (YouTube video, picture, etc.) that follows up. You have to be from a member country of ESA or the US to participate.

They are collecting all the tweets using TwapperKeeper, and you can see what others have done. They’re getting lots of entries, so if you want to try, I suggest being clever. Think about different aspects of comets, something unusual, and why they’re so interesting. The posts linked below might help get your unsublimated gases thawed.

Have fun! And if you win, send me a postcard from Darmstadt.

Image credit: Comet McNaught in the daytime from Chris North/Wikipedia

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, contest, Cool stuff, Space

Comments (9)

  1. Fritriac

    Will not tweet. Darmstadt is just 80 km from my place so I can enter a train and be there one hour later. Dear australian winner, have fun with your 25-hour flight (and your sore butt… ūüėČ

  2. Yeebok Shu'in

    Sometimes I hate living in Australia. I am pretty sure we’re not members of the ESA, or part of the US. :(

  3. TSC

    So… Canada is an associate but not full member state in the ESA. Can Canadians participate?

  4. mike burkhart

    I do think comets are cool, they come from the most distant part of our solar system the Oort cloud and some think they may be leftovers form the creation of the solar system.However people used to fear comets as omens of disater. We have come a long way in understaning comets since then.

  5. DrFlimmer

    Hm. Phil, name your address and I’ll send you a postcard from where I’ll travel next (with a scientific background… I could have send you one from Namibia last year (HESS shift :) ), but I lack your address).

    Or is

    Dr Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer

    enough? ūüėÄ

  6. Quiet Desperation

    I am pretty sure we‚Äôre not … part of the US.

    You’re welcome to join. :-)

    I can get the paperwork started or, you know, our southern border is a bit… porous if you prefer that way.

  7. Solitha


    Egads, I feel old now.

  8. mike burkhart

    Many poeple in the past feared comets when they appered not knowing what they were.The battle of Hastings convinced many that comets were bad .Halleys Comet appered in 1066 when William of Normandy invaded and conqured England, English King Harold II was killed .The famous Bayeux Tapestry shows this at the top is Halleys Comet with the words ”behold the wonderfull star” in old english.

  9. Sili

    I’d love to visit Darmstadt – if a tour of the Institut f√ľr Schweerionenforschung is included. I do loves me some heave elements.


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