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  Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:15:37 PM » by Ken in Berkeley
Comet ISON should be visible in daylight and possibly outshine the moon sometime in late 2013.  Finally, we have a comet worth talking about!

I recall as a young man going to see Halley's Comet at the Chabot Space Observatory and being a disappointed.  Especially since my grandfather came along too and made the comment that it had been more impressive to look at with the naked eye when he was a boy (1910) then it was now (1986) thru the big telescope. 

Even before that was Comet Kohoutek.  What a dud that was.  Finally, we have a really cool comet to look forward to.  Comet ISON. 

http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/massive-comet-will-shine-brighter-than-the-moon-say-astronomers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/30/comet-ison-moon_n_2377883.html
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 03:40:32 PM » by bobbo
Sounds like you won't be happy until you can walk into the crater?
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 03:58:41 PM » by Ken in Berkeley
Sounds like you won't be happy until you can walk into the crater?

Well that would be a first, now wouldn't it.
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 07:28:39 PM » by bobbo
I do just casually wonder how big/fast a comet/asteroid could be to make a smallish but still recognizable CRATER and destroy only as little as required to leave that evidence?  How loud and bright would that be?

Not the same thing but I still have a sense of awe when driving in the mountains and a lightning bolt hit 100 feet away right at the mountain top.  Felt like being on the inside of a bell when it was wrung.  Flash was very bright but not blinding--it was the sound, the smell of ozone, and the pressure wave that went thru us===thrilling!!!  Given we weren't hit.  Comet would be fun too.
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 07:32:43 PM » by ECA
umm,,
Brightness has no meaning compared to SIZE...

It might be Brighter then the moon, but STILL a pin prick in the sky..like a person flying by with a halogen Flash light..
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 08:01:10 PM » by Misanthropic Scott
I thought Hale-Bopp was really cool, though I happened to see it from the Adirondacks on a clear night. Had I only seen it from NYC, I'd probably think differently about it. Seeing this as brighter than the moon will be even better, I hope. Perhaps I should plan to be somewhere dark for the occasion. If it's visible on a new moon night, it would be really fun to look for my comet shadow. The full moon casts a shadow. If this comet is brighter, seeing it on a clear moonless night should also cast a shadow.
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2013, 08:25:52 PM » by ECA
i WILL RUN A ELECTRICAL OUTLET TO YOUR tent...
go fo it..
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 08:22:10 AM » by Obtuser
i WILL RUN A ELECTRICAL OUTLET TO YOUR tent...
go fo it..
Does that come with a Camel Heater, too?
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 10:08:08 AM » by ECA
Considering the temp here..
I can get you a fair amount of dogs to keep you warm..
I do have a heat/cooler..If needed, how do you like 7-25 degree temps??
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 03:45:33 PM » by Obtuser
Considering the temp here..
I can get you a fair amount of dogs to keep you warm..
I do have a heat/cooler..If needed, how do you like 7-25 degree temps??

F? No thanx, I already have that!

C? Yeah, that would be a bonus right now!

As for the Puppy Power? Siberians, Malamutes are welcome! Just need to figure out how to feed that lot!
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What are you worrying for? You are not getting out of this life alive, dead don't hurt, getting there might, and in some cases, damn well should!
 Plus during and after the next Ice Age, all of this infrastructure around us won't matter squat!

  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2013, 07:45:16 PM » by Misanthropic Scott
Considering the temp here..
I can get you a fair amount of dogs to keep you warm..
I do have a heat/cooler..If needed, how do you like 7-25 degree temps??

I was just going to cut open a tauntaun.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/bb2e/
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2013, 04:02:33 PM » by Ken in Berkeley
The jury is still out as to whether Comet ISON is going to be the comet of the century or just another dud like the last couple of comets in recent memory have been.  We will find out in the next month or two.

On November 28th, 2013, Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the Sun.  If it survives that encounter it will make its closest approach to the Earth on December 26th, 2013, and will hopefully be brighter than the moon and visible in the daylight.  The odds are only 50/50 that Comet ISON will survive its encounter with the Sun next month.  We shall see...:)

http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroids-meteors-meteorites/comet-isons-green-blaze-capture-in-stunning-photo-131021.htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2465867/Dazzling-comet-century-intact-Icy-ball-15-times-brighter-moon-visible-December-IF-survives.html
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2013, 09:44:20 PM » by Misanthropic Scott
Let's hope we get a nice show. Here's a page on space.com that will likely be updated as the time approaches.

http://www.space.com/19973-comet-ison.html
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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2013, 06:15:37 PM » by Ken in Berkeley
Thank you Scott. 

http://www.cometisonnews.com/ is another good website for checking in on Comet ISON.  There is a short video of Comet ISON taken today and its magnitude is currently an 8, so it is not yet visible to the naked eye.   For a better understanding of magnitudes visit http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/MagScale.html.

More to come...:)


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  Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2013, 08:21:22 PM » by Ken in Berkeley
As of November 14th, Comet ISON has a magnitude of 6 which means that it should be visible to the naked eye under ideal conditions.  It's make or break time.  In the next couple of weeks Comet ISON is either going to get a whole lot brighter or break apart into nothingness...

The latest photos are here:

http://www.cometisonnews.com/

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