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#1    GreenmansGod

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

This is going to be something to see.

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A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse

http://www.independe...ry-8431443.html


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

Hope it doesnt rain that night. Sounds cool.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

Usually comets are visible for a while, so I think there will be lots of opportunities to see it.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:01 PM

this is great news

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

Wow, great article - very descriptive. Can't wait to get a look!


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

Sounds like next year will be the year for comets.  Get out your camera's and hope we don't get hit.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

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I wonder how long it'll be before the doomsayers begin?  :w00t:

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

I'll be looking forwars to seeing it :yes:

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τότε μόνο δυο μάτια μπορούνε,
να σε κάνουν να θέλεις να ζήσεις.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:50 PM

Cool

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:46 PM

The photographic opportunities will be awesome as well.  Looking forward to it!

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:32 PM

it should be great viewing remember hale-bop comet in 1997? i remember just sitting on the front door step watching that comet for hours. it was almost unbelievable. i hope i witness something like it again.

What i always wonder is those comets, asteroids that sneak up on us, like that comet/meteor in 2008. which came out of nowhere, some observer spotted it, done some math, and it was on a collision course with earth, time to impact less than 24 hours. the chap then phoned the NASA branch, who re-done the math, and yes it was true the impact was less than 24 hours away, NASA then contacted the President at the White house, - the meteor was calculated to hit in the Nubian desert. and so it did.well blew up in the atmosphere. about 20 miles above the ground. it just goes to show how at the mercy of 'nature' we are.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

I was impressed with how we calculate where it is, where it is going and where it came from.  Many of our well known comets do orbit the sun with cycles ranging from 20 to 500 years.  Haleys comet comes around every 75 years.   The comets that do orbit our sun have repeatedly lost dust and mass with every trip around the sun.  Comet Ison has never been near a sun before and has a lot of mass to shed off of itself.

As we keep snapping pictures of the sky, we are beginning to accumulate a lot of data that can be used in the future to more quickly identify possible earth crossing objects.  Comet Ison was spotted in Sept 2012 and prompted a search for previous pictures of the same sky.  What they found was that Ison was photographed in early 2012 and late 2011.  They were able to accurately project the path and where this object came from.  If indeed this was going to hit earth, we would have had about 1 year notice.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

It should be more spectacular than a meteor shower!



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

View PostPyridium, on 27 December 2012 - 08:01 PM, said:

I was impressed with how we calculate where it is, where it is going and where it came from.  Many of our well known comets do orbit the sun with cycles ranging from 20 to 500 years.  Haleys comet comes around every 75 years.   The comets that do orbit our sun have repeatedly lost dust and mass with every trip around the sun.  Comet Ison has never been near a sun before and has a lot of mass to shed off of itself.

As we keep snapping pictures of the sky, we are beginning to accumulate a lot of data that can be used in the future to more quickly identify possible earth crossing objects.  Comet Ison was spotted in Sept 2012 and prompted a search for previous pictures of the same sky.  What they found was that Ison was photographed in early 2012 and late 2011.  They were able to accurately project the path and where this object came from.  If indeed this was going to hit earth, we would have had about 1 year notice.
Comet NEAT has an orbital period of ~37,000 years!
http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Comet_Neat

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:59 AM

This is going to be one hell of a site. It could be visible for months.

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