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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 04:45 PM
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reply to post by Phage
 


Are we going to be "seeing" it in the nigh sky Phage?

Or are you nerds with telescopes the only ones with a good view when it comes in?

~Keeper




posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 04:53 PM
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yea, i wanna know this too.

Second line of curiosity.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 05:00 PM
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awesome find!!!!
thanks for sharing
star and flag!!



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 05:14 PM
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Yes we'll be seeing it. But its transitionary period in the Northern Hemisphere makes it to be at Magnitude 1, and visible after Sunset (until it goes below the Horizon), and Sunrise. Gradually increasing past Sunrise once its orbit takes it away from the Sun, but unfortunately for us, closer to its line of sight.

EDIT- its recent Ephemeris takes it at a magnitude 4.7, still a great target for Binocular/Telescopes. Ideally you'd have to find a dark location to get any sort of detail with the naked-eye. Looking forward to the Ephemeris revision next week.

[edit on 7/6/10 by ROBL240]



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 05:14 PM
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the question is,
is why is it coming back, it should have left the solar system years ago



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 05:48 PM
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Originally posted by Hero Protagonist
It's green now, but will it turn blue when it gets here?
Kachina the blue star cometh. Wanna know something equally weird? When I spellchecked "Cometh" it suggested "Comet"



Well if you remove the H , it's the same word.......weird



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:02 PM
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All this talk about visibility aside, how much is it's actual mass? Will there be any gravitational interactions caused by it?



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:15 PM
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The mass is not known but comets are not massive objects. They only do bad things when they hit something. There will be no gravitational effects.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:25 PM
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Is this comet supposed to bring the Heavens Gate Cult back home?

Link to External Image:




posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:32 PM
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Originally posted by gamma 49
Blue star hopi prophecy, and red star follows. Nibiru?


Are you talking about this:

BLUE STAR MEETS RED PLANET: There's a new "double star" in the evening sky. Bright blue Regulus is having a 1o close encounter with Mars. Look for the pair almost due west after sunset.

spaceweather.com...

I'm not familiar with this subject.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:25 PM
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Originally posted by weedwhacker
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Errmmm...."massive" is a bit of a misnomer. IF you understood the make up of comets, and WHY they seem so 'big', as described.

(Hint: It is not 'mass').

Anyway...sheesh! You know, when Halley's Comet first appeared, early 1900s....people were so frightened they commited suicide. Sad, really sad, the ignorance.


It wasn't ignorance, it was superstition and a lack of understanding of what they were seeing.

I'm sure in 110 years, people will look back on things we do today and call many things we do ignorance.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:42 PM
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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:50 PM
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Quick we haven't much time to let the powers that be know they need to drink the cool-aid before this gets here!! Wouldn't want them to miss the ride. Well wishful thinking anyway. Still why is everyone so surprised about this? It was posted on spaceweather.com, and please don't start with the niburu stuff, it's just a comet. Everytime something is discovered in the solar system someone has to bring that up and it gets a little old after a while, sorry for ranting. But good post op, should be a pretty sight to see, might give people an excuse to do something other than worry about the end of the world or middle east crap.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:52 PM
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Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by IOfTheStorm
 


BTW...was reading about that incident (early 1900s) and the
reaction (the suicides, and even the gas masks) because of the terrible misunderstanding of science back then (and, unfortunately all too often, even today).


I'm convinced that 90% of the people that post on ATS would have been buying comet pills had they been alive back in 1910



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:52 PM
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I was reading about it at Wikipedia
"Given its estimated eccentricity over 1.0, suggesting a hyperbolic trajectory, it is believed McNaught will leave the Solar System and never be seen again."

I guess Wiki was wrong.

edit - Beautiful pic from 1-20-07 cometography.com

edit again - sorry, wrong comet

[edit on 7-6-2010 by FearNoEvil]



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:55 PM
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No.
Wiki was probably right.
You have the wrong comet. This one is C/2009 R1, that one is C/2006 P1.
Easy mistake, McNaught has spotted a lot of comets.



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:57 PM
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Oh, thank you.

Now I understand my confusion. Thanks



posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:59 PM
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Originally posted by gamma 49
Blue star hopi prophecy, and red star follows. Nibiru?
nibiru is a made up storytale full of disinfo/quacks, remember nancy leeder lmao



posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 12:05 AM
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Originally posted by Adonsa
Is this comet supposed to bring the Heavens Gate Cult back home?

Link to External Image:



no you diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'int!


You jumped the shark with the picture..



posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 12:24 AM
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this comet will never hit us so who cares






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