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Strange Green Comet Passing by Earth Next Week
Fox News ^ | February 18, 2009 | Unattributed

Posted on 02/18/2009 9:12:03 AM PST by Ben Mugged

An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system.

The comet is called Lulin, and there's a chance it can be seen with the naked eye — far from city lights, astronomers say. But you'll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

The best opportunity is just before dawn one-third of the way up the southern sky. It should be near Saturn and two bright stars, Spica and Regula.

On Monday at 10:43 p.m. EST, it will be 38 million miles from Earth, the closest it will ever get, according to Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object program.

The story behind the comet is more intriguing than its appearance — the greenish tinge may be hard for many to discern. The color comes from a type of carbon and cyanogen, a poisonous gas.

Lulin was discovered by a Chinese teenager two years ago. It still has many of its original gases — gases that are usually stripped away as comets near the sun. Unlike most comets viewable from Earth, this one hasn't been this close to the sun before, Yeomans said.

While all the planets and most of the other objects in the solar system circle the sun counterclockwise, Lulin circles clockwise, said NASA astronomer Stephen Edberg.

Thanks to an optical illusion, from Earth it appears as if the comet's tail is in the front as the comet approaches Earth and the sun.

"It essentially is going backwards through the solar system," he said.

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KEYWORDS: comet; comet2007n3; cometlulin; green; greencomet; lulin
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A green toxic cloud of gas. Ought to be named "Comet Chili Verdi".
1 posted on 02/18/2009 9:12:03 AM PST by Ben Mugged
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To: Nightshift

gnip...


2 posted on 02/18/2009 9:13:49 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: Ben Mugged

Didn’t some kind of green comet lead to the rise of killer machines in the Maximum overdrive flick?


3 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Ben Mugged

Yucateco !


4 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:00 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Ben Mugged

Time for another cult to cut their nuts off and drink koolaid I guess.


5 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:16 AM PST by lormand (...somewhere in Illinois, a village has lost it's marxist community organizer.)
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To: KevinDavis

Ping.


6 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:38 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: lormand

ROTFL!


7 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:57 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Ben Mugged

Kryptonite?


8 posted on 02/18/2009 9:14:57 AM PST by DManA
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To: lormand

Obots?


9 posted on 02/18/2009 9:15:06 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Ben Mugged
We come in peace.


10 posted on 02/18/2009 9:15:55 AM PST by wolf24 ("The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools")
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To: lormand

Join my cult. Have a ball...


11 posted on 02/18/2009 9:16:24 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 29 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: wolf24

12 posted on 02/18/2009 9:16:47 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: DManA

ZOD


13 posted on 02/18/2009 9:16:50 AM PST by Sybeck1 (WHITE AND EMBRACING WHAT IS RIGHT!!!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

Either that or the Mean Green Mother From Outer Space (And He’s Bad!)


14 posted on 02/18/2009 9:17:18 AM PST by Judith Anne
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To: Ben Mugged

A classy green-eyed comet?


15 posted on 02/18/2009 9:18:05 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Ben Mugged

Hopefully it’s the “Green” Comet that will sweep by & pick up Al Gore and his minions.It can take them back to Planet Stupid.


16 posted on 02/18/2009 9:18:27 AM PST by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: null and void

LOL


17 posted on 02/18/2009 9:18:50 AM PST by lormand (...somewhere in Illinois, a village has lost it's marxist community organizer.)
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To: Ben Mugged

Backwards flying comet? Are reporters born brain dead or do they have to work at it?


18 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:23 AM PST by calex59
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To: Ben Mugged

“Green comet”

The comet that doesn’t abuse any energy source as it travels about our solar system. The libs are wetting their pants over this one.

Please Mr Green please hit our planet and save up from the “O” agenda.


19 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:26 AM PST by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Ben Mugged

bfl


20 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:29 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Ben Mugged

Comet!
It will make your teeth turn green.

Comet!
It tastes like gasoline.

Comet!
It will make you vomit.

So buy some Comet and vomit, today.


21 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:55 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Ben Mugged

I’m just glad it wasn’t named Comet Wormwood. ;-)


22 posted on 02/18/2009 9:20:13 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Although politicians are economically irrelevant, that doesn't keep them from yanking the $ levers.)
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To: Ben Mugged

It the Secret Concentration Camp in Space.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 9:20:32 AM PST by TADSLOS
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To: dighton

Someone notify Josephine, you know how she feels about Green Comet!!

24 posted on 02/18/2009 9:22:01 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: wolf24

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1WsOITYFpA


25 posted on 02/18/2009 9:24:00 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MozarkDawg

26 posted on 02/18/2009 9:25:51 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: lormand
Time for another cult to cut their nuts off and drink koolaid I guess.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank?

27 posted on 02/18/2009 9:26:34 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: Ben Mugged
Ah so the greenies have a high flying ‘god’.
28 posted on 02/18/2009 9:26:41 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Ben Mugged

29 posted on 02/18/2009 9:26:54 AM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: Ben Mugged
The Comet Empire, no doubt...


30 posted on 02/18/2009 9:28:49 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: dfwgator
They blew up Congress! Ha ha ha ha!
31 posted on 02/18/2009 9:29:56 AM PST by wolf24 ("The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools")
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To: Ben Mugged

I KNEW he would return, I just KNEW IT!! ;)


32 posted on 02/18/2009 9:31:37 AM PST by Melinda
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To: calex59
Backwards flying comet? Are reporters born brain dead or do they have to work at it?

They have to work at it...they wouldn't know how to get back from crossing the street, they're that stupid. There is no backward or forward in space, but if it makes them feel better, just do an about face, and then the F’ng comet is going “forward”. To think that 53% of America is just as stupid.

Of course if they mean “backwards” as in the tail precedes the body of the comet, then never mind the previous paragraph...except the last sentence.

33 posted on 02/18/2009 9:33:09 AM PST by skully (Are you better off then you were 4 weeks ago???)
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To: Ben Mugged
It should be near Saturn and two bright stars, Spica and Regula

I prefer my comets Milda rather than Spica or Regula...

(I believe the name of the one star is actually Regulus)

34 posted on 02/18/2009 9:36:08 AM PST by mikrofon (Comet Kermit?)
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To: skully
Ooops. THat was not the reporter. It was the NASA astronomer
Global Warming Division?

In addition to the 'backwards' error, inquiring minds want to know:
How would he know it was never near the sun before?
How does it know it has its 'original' gases?
(could be outgassing)

35 posted on 02/18/2009 9:44:15 AM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: wolf24
We come in peace.

One of my favorite movies.

36 posted on 02/18/2009 9:44:22 AM PST by A. Patriot (CZ 52's ROCK)
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To: Ben Mugged

37 posted on 02/18/2009 9:48:47 AM PST by Wolfstar (Elections have thousands of consequences. Some minor, some major...and some that can kill you.)
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To: ari-freedom

38 posted on 02/18/2009 9:52:48 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic!)
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To: DManA
"Kryptonite?"

Let's hope so, and with it, super-hero Obama loses his powers.

39 posted on 02/18/2009 9:53:05 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Sybeck1

Sucks to be Superman next week.


40 posted on 02/18/2009 9:55:37 AM PST by DManA
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To: Larry Lucido

Still heartbroken....LOL


41 posted on 02/18/2009 10:08:00 AM PST by AdSimp
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To: Ben Mugged
Weird if everybody went blind.
42 posted on 02/18/2009 10:12:00 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: cripplecreek

Yep that’s what messed the machines up. The songs were by ac/dc.


43 posted on 02/18/2009 10:22:48 AM PST by DWC (what do kids know about)
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To: Ben Mugged
Is the comet from the Green Dimension?


44 posted on 02/18/2009 10:28:58 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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Ugh. Scientific ignorance.

A comets visible tail is not a streamer that trails behind it! Plain and simply a comets tail will always face away from the sun(like a shadow) regardless of which direction the comet is moving.

Animated gif explaining this concept

45 posted on 02/18/2009 10:32:18 AM PST by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: wolf24

"We still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for us, and that ain't bad!"

46 posted on 02/18/2009 10:49:45 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: skully
Of course if they mean “backwards” as in the tail precedes the body of the comet, then never mind the previous paragraph...except the last sentence.

Ahh, but the comet still isn't flying backwards, regardless of whether the tail is preceding or tailing. The tails position depends on the direction of travel away or toward the Sun, of course you know that.

47 posted on 02/18/2009 11:00:47 AM PST by calex59
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To: calex59
The tails position depends on the direction of travel away or toward the Sun, of course you know that.

Actually the tail's position usually is determined by the position of the sun relative to the comet. The tail *usually* points directly away from the sun because it is pushed there by the solar wind.

That is what makes this comet "odd". The tail is not pointing where it should, indicating that there is some jetting of gasses or some other phenomenon happening.

48 posted on 02/18/2009 11:05:22 AM PST by poindexters brother
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On second thought...
Perhaps by "backwards" they don't refer to the tail at all but rather the counter-clockwise direction of the comets travel around the sun as opposed to our solar system's general clockwise orientation?

Either way its poorly written at minimum.
49 posted on 02/18/2009 11:12:08 AM PST by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: Ben Mugged
Night of the Comet

Valley Girls meet Zombies at the mall. Excellent B movie.

http://www.zombiesurvivalwiki.com/page/Night+of+the+Comet?t=anon

50 posted on 02/18/2009 11:26:08 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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