Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Comet PanSTARRS with Galaxy
Posted on 06/06/2014 4:11:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Sweeping slowly through northern skies, the comet PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 posed for this telescopic portrait on June 2nd in the constellation Ursa Major. Now within the inner solar system, the icy body from the Oort cloud sports two tails, a lighter broad dust tail and crooked ion tail extending below and right. The comet's condensed greenish coma makes a nice contrast with the spiky yellowish background star above. NGC 3319 appears at the upper left of the frame that spans almost twice the apparent diameter of the full Moon. The spiral galaxy is about 47 million light-years away, far beyond the stars in our own Milky Way. In comparison, the comet was a mere 14 light-minutes from our fair planet. This comet PanSTARRS will slowly grow brighter in the coming months remaining a good target for telescopic comet watchers and reaching perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun, while just beyond Earth's orbit in late August.
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[Credit & Copyright: Alessandro Falesiedi]
Is this the one that bpearthgrotch says is supposed to slingshot off of Jupiter and smash Mars out of orbit and then careen into us causing us all to die. Or something similar?
Yeah, something similar.
Siding spring too.
It's pretty much any comet. And gas cloud. And Nibiruglobulous or whatever.
And the nine foot tall aliens in the Nevada mountain..
The doomprons latch onto any comet/meteor shower/astronomical event as “proof” up until their wide eyed predictions don’t happen.
So yes, it is accurate to say that bpearfbotch has predicted doom from this comet.
Pretty much close your eyes and point a finger at any comet appearing in the next two years and it is a good bet he has claimed doom from it.
Pretty comet, Mr. Civilizations. Thank you for the post and ping.