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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Feb 12 09:36 PM

Feb 13th, 2017: Comet 45P

Hey T-Rex, tell Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Triceratops, and Apatosaurus to check out the pretty green light in the sky!

A large snowball has just passed the Earth. Known as Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková", or 45P for short, the comet came 10 times closer to Earth yesterday than the Earth ever gets to the Sun. During this passage, the comet was photographed sporting a thin ion tail and a faint but expansive green coma. The green color is caused mostly by energized molecules of carbon.
Comet 45P became just bright enough to see with the unaided eye when it came closest to the Sun in December. Now, however, the comet is fading as it heads back out to near the orbit of Jupiter, where it spends most of its time. The kilometer-sized nucleus of ice and dirt will return to the inner Solar System in 2022.

♫ I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down ♪
♪ I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever 45P comes 'round ♫


Gravdigr  Monday Feb 13 02:37 AM

That second pic is pretty awesome.

Griff  Monday Feb 13 07:26 AM

Something like that puts politics in perspective.

Snakeadelic  Monday Feb 13 09:22 AM

I was SO tempted to showcase that top pic here! Glad I'm not the only one who thought of it. I read APoD daily (today's is a stunning view of Jupiter that looks, in many spots, like an agate sphere) and LOVE it. I tried to look for this comet, but every night it was visible to the unaided eye, we had cloud cover .

Gravdigr  Monday Feb 13 03:45 PM

Originally Posted by Snakeadelic View Post
...we had cloud cover .
Same here.

Gravdigr  Monday Feb 13 03:47 PM

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
♫ I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down ♪
♪ I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever 45P comes 'round ♫
Oh, and thanks, Bruce, for putting that worm in m'head.

It's still squirming.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Feb 13 03:54 PM

The worm squirms in
The worm squirms out
The worm plays pinochle
On your snout

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