It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Ooooh......Great new doom porn. I'm getting a little tired of economic porn.
Never fear, the end is near!
There! Another customer coming to bring us change for a bad experience!
Seriously... I do find it interesting how the Governments are suddenly in a heightened state of alert for flying things in space. Hopefully it's just a 'better late than never' catch up to what really should have been done all this time....but I can't help but wonder too. I'll be interested in seeing where this little guy is off to in such a hurry.
Here's some info on the orbit. It's not going to be a spectacular naked eye comet. "Very bright" meaning magnitude 11, which is still far too dim to see by eye, but to a telescope it's an easy target. It's a southern hemisphere comet which is probably why it wasn't discovered until now, normally comets are found by at least magnitude 14-15 or so; this is what you get when you stop funding for the Siding Spring Survey. Who knows what near earth asteroids are being missed in the southern hemisphere as a result.
Even though it's a southern hemisphere comet, one of the perks of living in Florida is that much of the southern celestial sphere is available to us. I plan to photograph this comet this weekend if the weather holds.
reply to post by ngchunter
Awesome! Thanks for the info.
What telescope, camera and settings do you use for taking your celestial images?
Congratulations SONEAR! another beautiful comet discovered from Brazil. Had a very busy night yesterday with the company of Cristovao Jacques , a SONEAR team member. We were connected via FB and I shared my desktop to let Cristovao Jaques see my equipment working on the comet, prosessing frames and send the confirmation report to the MPC.
Ah..funny night it was!
Sonear - Synoptic Telescope 457mm (18 ") aperture with equatorial mount and CCD camera at prime focus to search for NEOs (Near Earth Objects).
Installed on equatorial mount Paramount and triggered remotely by Internet.