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(NBC News)   Newly discovered comet "probably will become the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen." Or maybe not. Cool and Fail tags now prepping for late-2013 showdown   (cosmiclog.nbcnews.com) divider line 56
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2012-09-25 03:00:14 PM
Get ready for the end of the world, AKA, here come the wackos
 
2012-09-25 03:39:01 PM

Equilibrist: Get ready for the end of the world, AKA, here come the wackos


Ohhhh yeah.
 
2012-09-25 03:47:39 PM
I'm hitching a ride on this one. I need some new Nikes.
 
2012-09-25 03:50:24 PM
Another pretty bright one expected next spring too:

Link
 
2012-09-25 04:24:34 PM
Late 2013, eh?
Very convenient date for when the 2012 apocalypse turns out to be a "miscalculation".
 
2012-09-25 04:44:32 PM
The ones in the 90's were awesome. Haven't caught one since. Those you could just look up and spot any night, even in the middle of the city. I'd love one that I could see during the daylight...
 
2012-09-25 04:47:23 PM

NowhereMon: Another pretty bright one expected next spring too:

Link


Been keeping an eye on that one--I actually thought it was the "new" comet TFA was talking about.

2013 could be an excellent year for comets. (And religious cults.)
 
2012-09-25 04:51:21 PM
Cool, i got dibs on banging Catherine Mary Stuart
 
2012-09-25 04:54:14 PM
Happened to be in the middle of Tunisia when Hale-Bopp was at its peak. No lights for hundreds of miles around. Blackest sky on Earth. The tail(s) on that sucker just about spanned the entire sky. And this one's gonna be bigger?

I'll be there.
 
2012-09-25 05:03:17 PM
Kohoutek II: Stellar Boogaloo.
 
2012-09-25 05:06:46 PM
Two possible comets for next year? Superb! Hale-Bopp wasn't all that bright comparatively but it was still fun to watch after sunset. Anything brighter would be teh awesome.

Plus, we can get apocalyptic crazies in the news again! Woo-hoo!
 
2012-09-25 05:12:55 PM
Anbody know where this thing is gonna be? We talking daylight opposition, or is thing gonna be the wrong side of the sun at peripoint?

Basically, on phone, cant look it up, anybody got the orbit on this thing worked out?
 
2012-09-25 05:15:23 PM

threadjackistan: Anbody know where this thing is gonna be? We talking daylight opposition, or is thing gonna be the wrong side of the sun at peripoint?

Basically, on phone, cant look it up, anybody got the orbit on this thing worked out?


IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US. WE'RE DOOMED.

But, send me money and I can put you on my rocketship.
 
2012-09-25 05:17:36 PM

rufus-t-firefly: threadjackistan: Anbody know where this thing is gonna be? We talking daylight opposition, or is thing gonna be the wrong side of the sun at peripoint?

Basically, on phone, cant look it up, anybody got the orbit on this thing worked out?

IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US. WE'RE DOOMED.

But, send me money and I can put you on my rocketship.


I was just enquiring about possible viewing oportunities.
 
2012-09-25 05:20:18 PM
Hale-Bopp was amazing, and it got me through the roughest part of boot camp. It was pretty inspiring after a really awful day to look up and see it.

Also, every time I think 'Hale-Bopp', I mentally put it to the tune of Hansen's 'MMM-bop'.

/Hale-bopp, bop bop Hale-bop doo be do be do.
 
2012-09-25 05:21:34 PM
"the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen. Or maybe not."
upload.wikimedia.org
Simpsons did it.
 
2012-09-25 05:44:31 PM
Man I hope it's even a quarter as bright as it's being hyped to be in that article. I was only 11 for Hale-Bopp and I'd love to see at least one more comet in my lifetime equivalent to that one.
 
2012-09-25 05:46:50 PM

threadjackistan: rufus-t-firefly: threadjackistan: Anbody know where this thing is gonna be? We talking daylight opposition, or is thing gonna be the wrong side of the sun at peripoint?

Basically, on phone, cant look it up, anybody got the orbit on this thing worked out?

IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US. WE'RE DOOMED.

But, send me money and I can put you on my rocketship.

I was just enquiring about possible viewing oportunities.


Oh...well, then I'm useless.

Apparently the best viewing will be from northern latitudes before sunrise. And it's supposed to get within a million miles or so from the sun, so it very well could be epic.
 
2012-09-25 05:51:23 PM
November 2013's full moon is on the 18th. Could be better, could be worse. You can calculate your local moonrise/moonset for any date here. Looks great for my location.
 
2012-09-25 06:11:02 PM
m.static.newsvine.com

Holy shiat, it's coming right at us...GET IN THE CAR! 
 
2012-09-25 06:51:39 PM
I love comets. Made even more cool that, like a functioning government, they only occur once or twice in a lifetime, and for a short period of time.

/sorry, had to
 
2012-09-25 06:52:59 PM
I saw comet Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, 2 in a year. I felt privileged. Hale-Bopp was amazing. Arced over about a hird of the sky. 6 months later I saw it again, in the early evening, but it was heading back to the Oort cloud so it was more distant. Still pretty cool.
 
2012-09-25 07:00:36 PM
I saw the episode of Facts of Life where they saw Halley's Comet.
 
2012-09-25 07:28:17 PM

AssAsInAssassin: I saw comet Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, 2 in a year. I felt privileged. Hale-Bopp was amazing.


I saw both too, but Hyakutake was far more spectacular to me. On the night I saw it, it was directly overhead and looked enormous.

Of course, it was winter and I aggravated a mild chest cold into pneumonia by going out to see it. But it was so worth it.

/wish viewing conditions in the Northern Hemisphere were better for Comet McNaught in 2007, that looked like the most spectacular one of my lifetime thus far.
 
2012-09-25 07:28:41 PM
ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease
 
2012-09-25 07:32:48 PM

PirateKing: Hale-Bopp was amazing, and it got me through the roughest part of boot camp. It was pretty inspiring after a really awful day to look up and see it.

Also, every time I think 'Hale-Bopp', I mentally put it to the tune of Hansen's 'MMM-bop'.

/Hale-bopp, bop bop Hale-bop doo be do be do.


thanks for the earworm
/EABOD
 
2012-09-25 07:37:54 PM
Some more info on Comet ISON:

This Face Left Blank: November 2013's full moon is on the 18th. Could be better, could be worse. You can calculate your local moonrise/moonset for any date here. Looks great for my location.


It's December's full moon that may be more of a problem. Perihelion is November 29 +/- 1 day, at which time it will be close enough to the sun to be a daytime-only object. Under the best-case scenario, it would easily be visible. However, its closest approach to Earth isn't until December 28, and its brightness during that time is even harder to predict than its inbound brightness

Here's a better article, with star chart, giving a 30% chance of spectacularity.

(FWIW, the British Astronomical Association's ephemeris lists a max magnitude of -11.8 November 28/29, about 40% as bright as the full moon, with slow fading to marginal naked-eye visibility by the end of December.)

/subby
//2013 could be very interesting
///2017 will be better
 
2012-09-25 07:49:35 PM

The correct answer is...: AssAsInAssassin: I saw comet Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, 2 in a year. I felt privileged. Hale-Bopp was amazing.

I saw both too, but Hyakutake was far more spectacular to me. On the night I saw it, it was directly overhead and looked enormous.

Of course, it was winter and I aggravated a mild chest cold into pneumonia by going out to see it. But it was so worth it.

/wish viewing conditions in the Northern Hemisphere were better for Comet McNaught in 2007, that looked like the most spectacular one of my lifetime thus far.


I was stuck in town for Hyakutake and missed most of the tail. Hale-Bopp is one of only three comets I've seen that actually looked like comets from an urban/suburban setting (the others being Bennett in 1970 and West in 1975).

While McNaught went south after perihelion, ISON is headed north. If it remains intact through that close a perihelion, the tail WILL be spectacular.
 
2012-09-25 07:53:03 PM

rufus-t-firefly: threadjackistan: rufus-t-firefly: threadjackistan: Anbody know where this thing is gonna be? We talking daylight opposition, or is thing gonna be the wrong side of the sun at peripoint?

Basically, on phone, cant look it up, anybody got the orbit on this thing worked out?

IT'S COMING RIGHT FOR US. WE'RE DOOMED.

But, send me money and I can put you on my rocketship.

I was just enquiring about possible viewing oportunities.

Oh...well, then I'm useless.

Apparently the best viewing will be from northern latitudes before sunrise. And it's supposed to get within a million miles or so from the sun, so it very well could be epic.


Northern Hemisphere before sunrise after perihelion (if it survives); Southern Hemisphere after sunset before perihelion.
 
2012-09-25 07:58:43 PM

Equilibrist: Get ready for the end of the world, AKA, here come the wackos


There are so many backyard astronomers with digital cameras and good memories these days that one observer's Saturn-like object overexposed star won't go unchallenged for very long.
 
2012-09-25 08:13:53 PM
Got a pic of Lovejoy (and an unexpected guest) even though that was faint as anything.. a big one would be wonderful.

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-25 08:37:13 PM

PirateKing: Hale-Bopp was amazing, and it got me through the roughest part of boot camp. It was pretty inspiring after a really awful day to look up and see it.

Also, every time I think 'Hale-Bopp', I mentally put it to the tune of Hansen's 'MMM-bop'.

/Hale-bopp, bop bop Hale-bop doo be do be do.


No.
 
2012-09-25 09:01:24 PM
Late-2013?

Sweet. That will give me plenty of time to pick out the right Nike's and sweatpants.
 
2012-09-25 09:11:52 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-25 09:18:38 PM
meh, i'm prepared to be disappointed and underwhelmed...


//I would really love to see a big, bright one someday...
 
2012-09-25 10:00:58 PM
The coolest thing is that this MIGHT be the return of the great comet of 1680. The observations of that comet were not good enough at the time to refine the orbit, but the passage through the inner solar system looks very similar. Who knows if it will turn out to be super bright or not at this point though.
 
2012-09-25 11:11:46 PM

rufus-t-firefly: Kohoutek II: Stellar Boogaloo.


Nice. Someone else who remembers that epic fail. Well done sir.

Halley's was a pretty big letdown too as I recall.
 
2012-09-25 11:26:10 PM

KarmicDisaster: The coolest thing is that this MIGHT be the return of the great comet of 1680. The observations of that comet were not good enough at the time to refine the orbit, but the passage through the inner solar system looks very similar. Who knows if it will turn out to be super bright or not at this point though.


If this is a return of the 1680 (or any other) comet and not a first-timer, it's less likely to be a dud.
 
2012-09-25 11:36:22 PM
There was a Great Comet in 2007?
 
2012-09-25 11:38:57 PM

StoneColdAtheist: [m.static.newsvine.com image 600x474]

Holy shiat, it's coming right at us...GET IN THE CAR!


www.collectorcarsforsale.com
 
2012-09-25 11:50:11 PM

Old enough to know better: rufus-t-firefly: Kohoutek II: Stellar Boogaloo.

Nice. Someone else who remembers that epic fail. Well done sir.

Halley's was a pretty big letdown too as I recall.


Kohoutek eventually got as bright as advertised (magnitude -3)...when so close to the sun that it was only visible from space. The original brightness estimates were based on the assumption that Kohoutek was a first-time comet from the Oort cloud, rich in volatile gases which would produce a spectacular tail at a greater distance from the sun. Further orbital analysis showed that the comet was in fact a repeat visitor.

As for Halley, everyone but the general public got pretty much what was expected. The orbital geometry for this passage meant that the tail was pointed almost directly away from us at closest approach, which was unusually distant for a Halley apparition. The best views actually came several months earlier, when it was almost as bright and had a definite tail.
 
2012-09-25 11:51:59 PM

MacWizard: There was a Great Comet in 2007?


If you were in the Southern Hemisphere, yes.

www.pbs.org
 
2012-09-26 12:16:01 AM
just sayin'
science-fiction-books.com.au
 
2012-09-26 12:24:29 AM
Hale Bopp in the northern was pretty damned cool
 
2012-09-26 02:58:06 AM
"I believe in God. Relax. I know a lot of you don't, but I still want to offer a prayer for our survival. Mine included. Because I believe that God, whomever you hold that to be, hears all prayers, even if sometimes the answer is no."
sprocketink.com
"Well, I guess you can't now, being dead and all. No, I'm just messing with you."
onemagazinelive.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-26 09:06:19 AM
Comets are nothing more than intergalactic spermatozoa.
 
2012-09-26 09:23:16 AM
www.pandoracon.com

Can I have Catherine Mary Stewart please?
 
2012-09-26 09:39:43 AM

common sense is an oxymoron: KarmicDisaster: The coolest thing is that this MIGHT be the return of the great comet of 1680. The observations of that comet were not good enough at the time to refine the orbit, but the passage through the inner solar system looks very similar. Who knows if it will turn out to be super bright or not at this point though.

If this is a return of the 1680 (or any other) comet and not a first-timer, it's less likely to be a dud.


Yeah. It's the first timers that are duds until they have been roasted a little. However, this one is going to approach close to the Sun, so maybe all bets are off. They will be able to guess better when it gets closer and starts outgassing. Probably be hyped up and be a dud.
 
2012-09-26 10:08:54 AM
m.static.newsvine.com

Hmmm...a red comet?

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-26 10:39:00 AM
erthstationone.files.wordpress.com
 
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