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12-29-2012, 01:05 AM
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New comet could outshine moon

http://news.discovery.com/space/newl...mkcpgn=rssnws1

Sounds like it'll be viewable (naked eye) sometime between November 2013 and January 2014. Mars Curiosity Rover might view it as well.

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http://news.discovery.com/space/newl...mkcpgn=rssnws1

Sounds like it'll be viewable (naked eye) sometime between November 2013 and January 2014. Mars Curiosity Rover might view it as well.
New Comet could outshine moon, crash into earth....

No? well it would have been more exciting

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We havent had a good comet viewing in quite a while. I remember Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake (sp) in the 90s.

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This will date me, but I remember the hype around comet kohoutec back in 73/74. It was hyped as the biggest comet event of all time, visible to the naked eye, etc. and it brought out a few of the end of the world types at the time.

Total dud.

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This will date me, but I remember the hype around comet kohoutec back in 73/74. It was hyped as the biggest comet event of all time, visible to the naked eye, etc. and it brought out a few of the end of the world types at the time.

Total dud.
I was thinking of that as well. every time I hear of a new comet I hope it turns out better than that one did...

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I was thinking of that as well. every time I hear of a new comet I hope it turns out better than that one did...
Yeah, just once, even.

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I was thinking of that as well. every time I hear of a new comet I hope it turns out better than that one did...
IDK, I'm good with those massive balls of ice and rock that can end the world (sure did the Dinosaurs in real well), of which we have no way of stopping and fail to even track plenty of them, staying far away from the Earth...

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Yeah, just once, even.
Hale-Bopp was pretty good... I remember seeing it with no magnification for several days in early 1997...


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IDK, I'm good with those massive balls of ice and rock that can end the world (sure did the Dinosaurs in real well), of which we have no way of stopping and fail to even track plenty of them, staying far away from the Earth...
a comet's appearance to viewers on earth has less to do with how close it is to earth than its position in relation to the sun....

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a comet's appearance to viewers on earth has less to do with how close it is to earth than its position in relation to the sun....
Haha, yeah I know. Was just trying to make a joke and point out how terrible (underfunded) stuff like asteriod/comet detection is. Space program is broken

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This will date me, but I remember the hype around comet kohoutec back in 73/74. It was hyped as the biggest comet event of all time, visible to the naked eye, etc. and it brought out a few of the end of the world types at the time.

Total dud.
A lot of good science in the past 40 years has resulted in a better understanding of how and why comets brighten. A few examples of comets that were predicted to be bright, and were, include:

Comet Hyakutake (1996)
Comet Hale-Bopp (1997)
Comet McNaught (2007)

This comet will be very bright in November, but what is being left out of most of the press releases is that it will only be bright when it is very close to the sun. Before and after its closest approach, the comet will be low in the sky before dawn, when most people are in bed. It will only be "as bright as the Full Moon" for a brief period when it's very close to the sun, and visible subtly during the day.


Comet McNaught

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