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(Time)   Follow the Earth's demise with this interactive comet tracker to monitor a mountain-sized comet hurtling toward us from billions of miles away   (science.time.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, comets, Earth, Oort cloud, cosmic dust, Kuiper Belt, Hale-Bopp, Russian astronomers, inclinations  
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2013-11-12 01:23:32 PM  
There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!
 
2013-11-12 01:26:43 PM  
www.bbspot.com
 
2013-11-12 01:38:23 PM  

wildcardjack: There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!


*golfclap*
 
2013-11-12 01:39:42 PM  
Comet Lovejoy looks like it's getting pretty damned close to Mars around Dec 15. Neat little tracker thingie.
 
2013-11-12 01:44:41 PM  
i.imgur.com
That's no comet...
 
2013-11-12 02:30:06 PM  

sxacho: Comet Lovejoy looks like it's getting pretty damned close to Mars around Dec 15. Neat little tracker thingie.


Check again, but play with the angle slider on the right. It's actually waaaaaaay above the ecliptic.
 
2013-11-12 02:46:32 PM  
Map sucks. The comet's tail is supposed to always face away from the sun.
 
2013-11-12 03:23:13 PM  
I'm getting tired of this shait.... The last closest thing we came to a "planet killer" wiped out the dinosaurs....

Until recently (the last 20 years) we hadn't seriously thought about the likelihood of the Earth being destroyed. The Earth has been around for what? 4 Billion years or more? Ok..... Maybe we're overdue.... Maybe every astronomer who has nothing else to do wants to be named in some newspaper as finding the next rock to end the world.

Every week we find out about new asteroids that threaten life on Earth.

//Tired of this shiat
 
2013-11-12 03:49:08 PM  

Theaetetus: sxacho: Comet Lovejoy looks like it's getting pretty damned close to Mars around Dec 15. Neat little tracker thingie.

Check again, but play with the angle slider on the right. It's actually waaaaaaay above the ecliptic.


Ah. I didn't see that. Thanks.
 
2013-11-12 05:23:21 PM  
I just hope this one can survive the turn so it lives up the hype.  Of course, here around DC there is so much farking light pollution it would take a miracle to see.  Not too hard to get away, but logistics with kids can cause a bit of a buzzkill.
 
2013-11-12 06:14:44 PM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
It's coming right at us!
 
2013-11-12 07:57:18 PM  

Infinity370: Map sucks. The comet's tail is supposed to always face away from the sun.


Comets have two tails, a dust particle tail that tracks their motion and an ion tail that is blown by the solar wind, pointing away from the Sun.
 
2013-11-13 12:44:47 PM  
So has any wackjobs claimed this is Jesus coming to visit his birthday party?  Because that could be a quite lucrative gig.
 
2013-11-13 01:43:01 PM  
http://theskylive.com/ison-trackerThis is a much better tracker.FYI in 24 hours the speed of the comet went up 1.1km/second. That thing is gonna be hoof'n it at the perhelion.......
 
2013-11-13 06:31:07 PM  
I was hoping to name it Dottie, after my wife.

She's a vicious, life sucking biatch from which there's no escape.
 
2013-11-13 07:27:21 PM  
With that tool it appears to be very close on Jan 01, 2014.
 
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