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(CBS Baltimore)   Could the comet of the century be looping around the Sun right now and barrel at us like an "intergalactic snowball"?   (baltimore.cbslocal.com ) divider line
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2013-09-10 09:18:36 PM  
COOL! or not!

Get back to us when this is a thing or isn't, kthxbye.
 
2013-09-10 09:23:30 PM  
Comets are not intergalactic--the distances just in those bodies that have their somewhat eccentric orbits from the Oort Cloud or Kuiper Belt are far long for rocks with decent sized gas pockets.

Intergalactic would imply travel not just between solar systems, but plunging through the Long Dark between galaxies. The Dark between solar systems is more than for the vacuum to eat away at small bodies.

The Oort and Kuiper Belt are well within our system.
 
2013-09-10 09:24:30 PM  
No.
 
2013-09-10 09:26:36 PM  
I'M GONNA GET YOU, JUNIOR BARNES!
 
2013-09-10 09:28:55 PM  
I'm ready...

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
NFA
2013-09-10 09:52:47 PM  

haemaker: I'm ready...


img.fark.net


I enjoyed that movie...
 
2013-09-10 11:13:03 PM  
"...And that's how global warming on earth was solved."

"It made it snow, teacher?"

"No, Billy, Everybody died, except for the eight colonists on Mars."
 
2013-09-11 12:25:30 AM  
I didn't read the article and have never heard of this before, but the answer is "Maybe, theoretically, possibly, but almost certainly not," right?  Just like every other headline that asks a question like that.
 
2013-09-11 12:31:56 AM  
lifeofafilmstudent.com
 
2013-09-11 12:41:26 AM  

sbigreviews.files.wordpress.com

 
2013-09-11 12:42:24 AM  

img89.imageshack.usR.I.P. Temoc

 
2013-09-11 12:42:48 AM  
Must have taken me at least 10 minutes to find that, wow.  Multitasking ftw.
 
2013-09-11 12:59:46 AM  

Yes please: I didn't read the article and have never heard of this before, but the answer is "Maybe, theoretically, possibly, but almost certainly not," right?  Just like every other headline that asks a question like that.


Actually no, this is a rare exception.  This comet was identified last year and has been on my radar for months and months now.  Right now it's passing very close to the sun and could be destroyed.  If it's not, then we'll get a great show this winter.

/nobody is suggesting it's going to hit the earth
 
2013-09-11 01:33:22 AM  
It's brightening, but it's still about 3 magnitudes fainter than originally predicted. If this trend continues and it survives perihelion, it will be a naked-eye object for only a couple of weeks and may not become a naked-eye daylight comet at all.

Link to light curves
 
2013-09-11 02:56:54 AM  
Nature, you magnificent bastard! We almost had you this time.
 
2013-09-11 03:33:46 AM  
Like an ice cream sundae even.

/pure.
/sweet.
/culture.
 
2013-09-11 05:43:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'M GONNA GET YOU, JUNIOR BARNES!


Will it melt right through your four pair of corduroys?
 
2013-09-11 06:56:48 AM  
I wonder how many suicide cults this one will set off?
 
2013-09-11 07:55:47 AM  
One of my favorite things in the world has always been a page refreshing itself while I am in the middle of reading it...
 
2013-09-11 09:26:32 AM  
"A comet looping behind the sun could emerge this fall as a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, or it may not "

Thanks for that hard hitting article.
 
2013-09-11 09:29:02 AM  
I would be fine with this comet thing hitting the Earth.
 
2013-09-11 10:22:52 AM  
Everybody panic?
 
2013-09-11 11:24:18 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: It's brightening, but it's still about 3 magnitudes fainter than originally predicted. If this trend continues and it survives perihelion, it will be a naked-eye object for only a couple of weeks and may not become a naked-eye daylight comet at all.

Link to light curves


That's too bad. I remember the cautious hope at the beginning of the year that we could have two bright comets heading our way, but neither are panning out.
 
2013-09-11 01:02:43 PM  
FTFA:  "It has a small head and a big tail."

So...   Komet Kardashian?
 
2013-09-11 01:08:43 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: FTFA:  "It has a small head and a big tail."

So...   Komet Kardashian?


And it's going to be a massive AW for a few weeks, then nobody will care any more.
 
2013-09-11 02:29:10 PM  

neongoats: Like an ice cream sundae even.

/pure.
/sweet.
/culture.


Duck's eye view of a shotgun blast.

/ping!
 
2013-09-11 02:40:07 PM  

BEER_ME_in_CT: "A comet looping behind the sun could emerge this fall as a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, or it may not "

Thanks for that hard hitting article.


I might be farking Cameron Diaz tonight or might not... =(

i106.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-11 03:07:16 PM  
Don't get my hopes up


//still mad about  Comet Halley
 
2013-09-11 03:22:18 PM  

hubiestubert: Comets are not intergalactic--the distances just in those bodies that have their somewhat eccentric orbits from the Oort Cloud or Kuiper Belt are far long for rocks with decent sized gas pockets.

Intergalactic would imply travel not just between solar systems, but plunging through the Long Dark between galaxies. The Dark between solar systems is more than for the vacuum to eat away at small bodies.

The Oort and Kuiper Belt are well within our system.


t3.gstatic.com

/agrees
 
2013-09-11 03:40:53 PM  

GrendelMk1: neongoats: Like an ice cream sundae even.

/pure.
/sweet.
/culture.

Duck's eye view of a shotgun blast.

/ping!



HAMNER TIME!
 
NFA
2013-09-11 06:42:55 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: FTFA:  "It has a small head and a big tail."

So...   Komet Kardashian?


i676.photobucket.com
 
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