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ilbasso
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posted 09-25-2012 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newly-discovered Comet Nevski is headed into the inner Solar System. It's more than 8 A.U. distant and far too faint for even medium-sized telescopes to see at present. However, the orbital computations suggest that it will make a very close approach to Earth in November-December 2013. As it goes through the inner Solar System, it will be moving eastward in the sky along with the Sun as it approaches Earth, so it will stay visible for quite a while.

We could be in for a spectacular cometary display in the last week of November next year! Stay tuned!

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-25-2012 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or it could turn out to be another Comet Kohoutek

Sincerely -
Debbie Downer

canyon42
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posted 09-25-2012 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's actually the sun that it will be making an unusually close approach to, rather than the Earth. Still, it has the potential to be a spectacular sight--IF it survives its perihelion passage.

tegwilym
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posted 09-27-2012 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even better... the big show (if it works) will be seen from the Northern Hemisphere. Sorry Australia, it's our turn for the big one.

Blackarrow
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posted 09-27-2012 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Or it could turn out to be another Comet Kohoutek
Don't knock Kohoutek. It was a naked-eye comet. I saw it one night in (I think) 1974. It was quite clear, with a significant tail. It was only my second naked-eye comet, after the truly wonderful Comet Bennett in 1970. My total to date is only five.

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