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A Comet displaying some anomalous properties?! DOOM PORN doesn't get any hotter than that!!!
Whew, I'm feeling rather flushed.
All semi-joking aside; I too join the ranks of those curious about this comet.
Waters Turn Blood Red In Netherlands – Another Sign Of Prophecy?
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We obviously need more information/data.
Actually, scratch that. We're drowning in data, but starving for knowledge.
YES. I want to repeatedly star you for that comment.
Knowledge on how to interpret the data would be helpful in lessening some of the doom porn.
It isn't just casual observers or amateur astronomers that are baffled by Comet ISON but highly regarded comet observer John Bortle is perplexed over ISON’s “odd” behavior.
Bortle has observed several hundred comets and yet, he writes, “At this stage of the game, with the comet about to cross the orbit of Earth, I cannot recall any previous comet in my 50-plus years of comet observing looking quite like this. So, what does ISON’s current look foretell, or mean? I honestly don’t know. All I can say is I don’t like the odd look of it at this time.”
"Those visual people using larger telescope also often remark about the odd way the comet looks, while those using relatively small scopes and big binoculars report seeing a larger, more-or-less faint but uniform cometary mass," he added. "This comet is currently at a distance from the sun where it should no longer exhibit such a dichotomy of appearance.”
Hopefully we'll hear from "ngchunter" and other astronomers here. I've shared the link at the International Comet group so let's see what they say.
Fingers crossed that, as the comet slingshots around the Sun an
d the rest of it gets exposed to the Sun's heat and light, all that dust will be expelled in a spectacular tail.
Comet Holmes (official designation: 17P/Holmes) is a periodic comet in the Solar System, discovered by the British amateur astronomer Edwin Holmes on November 6, 1892. Although normally a very faint object, Holmes became notable during its October 2007 return when it temporarily brightened by a factor of about half a million, in what was the largest known outburst by a comet, and became visible to the naked eye. It also briefly became the largest object in the solar system, as its coma (the thin dissipating dust ball around the comet) expanded to a diameter greater than that of the Sun (although its mass remained minuscule).
that's ancient history...
I'll take your comet hale-bopp and raise you comet holmes
So is Ison a trojan horse ??
in the middle age's you could be forgiven for getting all cross eyed and sweaty over a comet.
but in the 21st century you will look like a paranoid uneducated fool.
it's just a comet.