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Super-comet or super-dud? We'll see

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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:27 PM
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Super-comet or super-dud? We'll see


cosmiclog.nbcnews.com

That orbit is due to bring Comet ISON incredibly close to the sun — within just 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) in late November of next year. As a result, current projections suggest it could get very bright. How bright? Various estimates have set the brightest magnitude at -10 to -16. That suggests the comet could become brighter than the full moon — which led Astronomy Magazine's Michael E. Bakich to say it "probably will become the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen."
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:27 PM
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This is going to be something to tell your grandkids about - brighter than the full moon (maybe)!!!!

Also I suspect it is going to be something the apocalyptic crowd are going to seize upon in short order - that shoudl be fun!!

already posted in space exploration as well, but AFAIK this is also legitimately alternative news.

cosmiclog.nbcnews.com
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:45 PM
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It's not ISON.

It's NIBIRU.

They're lying.



Should be very cool to see, if all goes to plan.
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 07:05 PM
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remains to be seen. The last "super comet" turned out to be a dud as it melted away on it's approach to the sun. But if it lives up to it's PR it will upstage Shoemaker Levy 9 that hit Jupiter a few years ago.



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 07:25 PM
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the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen


Bit of an under statement. Does that include ETs or something...



posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 10:26 AM
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Originally posted by happykat39
remains to be seen. The last "super comet" turned out to be a dud as it melted away on it's approach to the sun. But if it lives up to it's PR it will upstage Shoemaker Levy 9 that hit Jupiter a few years ago.

I'm thinking more along the lines of Hale-Bopp.

While Shoemaker-Levy 9 was certainly interesting from a scientific perspective, it was not visible to the average person on Earth.

Hale-Bopp, on the other hand, was very, very visible in the sky for several weeks in 1997, even visible at dusk before sunset. It was hard NOT to notice; all you had to do was glance up at the sky in its general direction, and there it was. Hale-Bopp would be the comet that I would think this new one will be compared to, especially in the PR department.




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