New comet will fly by in 2013! And it could be brighter than the full moon

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  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Good stuff, too bad we will miss it since we are all going to die Dec. 21st 2012. :eek::

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    New comet will fly by in 2013! And it could be brighter than the full moon

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    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.

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  2. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    To bad this is suppose to happen after the Mayan apocalypse :)
  3. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    Maybe they are off a year and this is the start of the Apocalypse? :(
  4. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I loved watching Halley's Comet in the 90's.

    What were the names of those fools that committed suicide to join Halley's Comet?

    :confused:
  5. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    It last came by in 1986.

    The Heavens Gate group did that for the Hale-Bopp comet.
  6. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I wonder if NASA will try and shoot it down? It would be good practice for the space wars? Practice for that asteroid that might be coming in.

    ;)

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