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Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:38 PM

New comet will fly by in 2013! And it could be brighter than the Full Moon

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New comet will fly by in 2013! And it could be brighter than the Full Moon


George Dvorsky

Russian astronomers using the International Scientific Optical Network's (ISON) telescope have discovered a comet that's scheduled to make its closest appearance to Earth in December of 2013. Called C/2012 S1, it's expected to be the brighest visitor to our solar system in the past century a comet that'll be considerably brighter than Hale-Bopp (1997) and Halley's Comet (1986). The disintevaporating hunk of ice and rock could be visible for up to three months.

The comet was discovered on September 21 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. The object will hit its perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun) on November 28, 2013 at a distance of 0.012 AU, or 1,800,000 miles. On October 1, 2013, the comet will swing by Mars, and then the Earth on December 26, 2013.

Experts predict it could become a rather spectacular sight in the night sky but that's assuming it doesn't disintegrate before then. As witnessed by Elenin last year, a comet can break-up at any given time, particularly as it gets closer to the Sun.

Writing in Red Orbit, Lawrence Le Blond notes that C/2012 S1 is currently hanging out just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. "The comet is currently very faint, but as it approaches the Sun, it will steadily brighten," he writes, "It will be easily picked up by experienced amateur astronomers with CCD equipment in the coming months, and will be within binocular view by late summer 2013, and eventually by the naked eye in early November. Depending on brightness, the comet should remain visible to the naked eye from early November 2013 to mid-January 2014."


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Reply New comet will fly by in 2013! And it could be brighter than the Full Moon (Original post)
G_j Sep 2012 OP
Brickbat Sep 2012 #1
trackfan Sep 2012 #6
Brickbat Sep 2012 #10
democrat_patriot Sep 2012 #2
Lochloosa Sep 2012 #3
DawgHouse Sep 2012 #7
Matariki Sep 2012 #19
Pab Sungenis Sep 2012 #4
louis-t Sep 2012 #5
Ash_F Sep 2012 #8
onehandle Sep 2012 #9
Liberal Veteran Sep 2012 #12
onehandle Sep 2012 #15
WolverineDG Sep 2012 #17
Arctic Dave Sep 2012 #11
ToxMarz Sep 2012 #14
Grey Sep 2012 #13
BumRushDaShow Sep 2012 #16
benld74 Sep 2012 #18
BlueToTheBone Sep 2012 #20

Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:39 PM

1. Is it called Kohoutek?

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:43 PM

6. Geez, you beat me to it.

And I wasted a minute googling it to confirm the spelling.

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Response to trackfan (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:48 PM

10. I posted, then went off to google to confirm the spelling.

Hee!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:39 PM

2. Hope their calclators work, and it doesn't become 'fly into'


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Response to democrat_patriot (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:42 PM

3. As long as they are using the metric system and not inches....oh wait.

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Response to democrat_patriot (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:44 PM

7. No worries. The world is ending on 12/21/12 anyway! n/t

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Response to DawgHouse (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:47 PM

19. Yeah, except everyone know that that is off by a year

so it would actually be 12/21/13... oh wait...


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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:43 PM

4. Nibiru!

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:43 PM

5. Yikes! "Night of the Comet"

A Sci-Fi cult classic from 1984. Comet turns everyone exposed to it into zombies. A record album I was on in 1980 was used as a prop in that movie.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:46 PM

8. I missed the one in 1987

Hope I can catch this one.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:48 PM

9. I hope so. I've been waiting my whole life for a truly spectacular out of orbit event.

All the comets in our lifetimes have been weak at best.

In orbit-wise I've spotted a couple of bolides. One crackled and exploded audibly.

Here's hoping.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:54 PM

12. Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake were pretty good.

1996-97 were good years for comets.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:05 PM

15. Neither were brighter than the brightest stars. Nowhere near a good angle on Venus.

That being said, they were exciting.

But I want to, in my lifetime, see at least one celestial event that will scare the crap out of the uninformed.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:11 PM

17. Seriously???

Hale-Bopp looked like a streak of white-out in the sky!!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:53 PM

11. Jesus, is that you?

 

Where are going to find three wise men?

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:03 PM

14. Hint: don't look in the Republican party.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 01:59 PM

13. December, bright star......?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:07 PM

16. I remember Hale-Bopp

which was spectacular where I live. At one point I could see it in the early evening facing one way and then very early in the morning facing another way (I think rotated about 45 degrees).

Will be cool to see another!! Haley's was a big dud in comparison and Hyakutake seemed more a blob. Kahoutek was a nothing.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:44 PM

18. I too recall Hale-Bopp

our oldest was around 3

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 02:50 PM

20. Damn! We're all going to miss it!

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