Massive comet will shine brighter than the moon, say astronomers

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    Jan 01, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/massive-comet-will-shine-brighter-than-the-moon-say-astronomers/
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    Awesome! icon_smile.gif I'm gonna stay up for that
  • Medjai

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    Jan 08, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    David_NL saidAwesome! icon_smile.gif I'm gonna stay up for that


    If the time frames are right, you won't have to. It'll be visible for months, and likely even during daylight.
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    Jan 08, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    These kinds of predictions are pretty iffy at this stage. Nobody really knows how much material the thing will lose at it swings around the sun. Comet Kohoutek was hugely hyped before it happened, back in the 70's, and there was a huge backlash when it turned out to be kind of a flop.

    On the other hand, Halley's Comet performed pretty much exactly as predicted, in the 80's (its properties are much better known). Although the sky was overcast for most of the period, where I was living. There were a few clear nights with really good viewing. Oddly, I found that people got really angry at me, if I suggested they might want to step out and take a look. WTF.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 08, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    Sounds awesome... we'll see how bright it is, but we deserve (lol) a good comet display, especially since some they thought would be good, including Halley's back in the 1980's was kind of a dud this time around..
    Thanks for the notice!