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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet ISON Approaches
NASA ^ | October 07, 2013 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 10/10/2013 9:24:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: How impressive will Comet ISON become? No one is sure, but unfortunately, as the comet approaches the inner Solar System, it is brightening more slowly than many early predictions. Pictured above, Comet ISON is seen about two weeks ago as it continued to develop a tail. Last week the comet passed relatively close to Mars, and was directly imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. When Comet ISON dives to within a few solar radii of the Sun's surface in late November, it may become brighter than the Moon and sport a long and flowing tail -- or it may appear somewhat less spectacular. Either way, sky enthusiasts hope that whatever comet parts survive will put on quite an impressive show, as viewed from Earth, through at least the rest of the year.

October 07, 2013

(Excerpt) Read more at asterisk.apod.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: 2012s1; apod; astronomy; comet2012s1; cometison; greencomet; ison; science
[Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach]

1 posted on 10/10/2013 9:24:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

How many “pictures of the day” do we need?


2 posted on 10/10/2013 9:28:50 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Temporary EZ Post.
The Big One

3 posted on 10/10/2013 9:31:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a headlight.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 9:31:20 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Fungi

I got a few days behind.


5 posted on 10/10/2013 9:33:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv
OK, did not mean to be critical, just a point. Life is tough, hard and unforgiving—then I have to say this? Sorry.
6 posted on 10/10/2013 9:54:55 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow how beautiful God’s creation is =)


7 posted on 10/10/2013 9:55:47 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: SunkenCiv

The camera lens has a smudge on it.


8 posted on 10/10/2013 10:05:29 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Fungi

How many “pictures of the day” do we need?


You are rude.


9 posted on 10/10/2013 10:17:41 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: SunkenCiv

As always, great photos, Sunken Civ. Thank you.


10 posted on 10/10/2013 10:19:28 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Fungi

These are great photos.

Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 10/10/2013 10:24:16 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you so much, SunkenCiv!
This is a treat!


12 posted on 10/10/2013 11:24:59 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is it visible to the naked eye (or maybe a set of 10x binos) yet? Where should I look? Thanks


13 posted on 10/11/2013 2:21:51 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: SunkenCiv

It is still down, right?

Funny, I spent about 10 minutes poking around troubleshooting it (APOD is my home page) when I had the head-slapping moment: “Aw, geez...it is a government funded website...”

Probably one of the few things the government funds that I wholly enjoy.


14 posted on 10/11/2013 3:04:32 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

Yeah I’m a little irritated that a lot of the mission pages are down. JPL Mission pages are still operational.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mission/whereis_nh.php


15 posted on 10/11/2013 4:05:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you for your faithfulness!

((((HUGS))))


16 posted on 10/11/2013 4:50:43 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: rlmorel

I’ve set up an ez-post with the new temp links, now I’ve got to get to posting and pinging. :’)


17 posted on 10/12/2013 6:20:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Fungi

No worries! Alas, it’ll be some hours before I manage to get today’s taken care of. :’(


18 posted on 10/12/2013 6:22:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: ExGeeEye

I almost broke down and bought one of the many magazines with Comet ISON as their covers this month. Best two appeared to be “Sky and Telescope” (always prefer that to “Astronomy”, in case anyone cares) and “Discover” mag has a special extra issue entirely devoted to Comet ISON. “Astronomy” and about three or four other mags also featured it, amazing, y’know, because it’s really just a comet, it’s not going to hit Earth (this time).

My observation of the event is to watch NatGeog’s mid-1990s “Asteroids” DVD, it’s really a professional bio of the late Eugene Shoemaker and his relationships with his wife and David Levy (the three of them discovered SL-9, the comet that broke up then augered into Jupiter back in 1994). It’s been years (late 90s) since I viewed a comet, hope this ISON is good.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 9:13:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: laplata

Thanks l, but it’s all taken care of above. :’)


20 posted on 10/12/2013 9:14:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Fungi

Thanks l, but it’s all taken care of above. :’)


21 posted on 10/12/2013 9:15:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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