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Comet Lulin to arrive tonight [Green comet alert]
The Washington Times ^ | 2/23/09 | Jennifer Harper

Posted on 02/23/2009 9:06:48 AM PST by lakeprincess

Its green, gassy, has two fins. A vintage Cadillac? No, it's Comet Lulin coming Monday tonight - astronomers, astrologers and George Noory all watching

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comet; comet2007n3; cometlulin; earth; greencomet; lulin; space

1 posted on 02/23/2009 9:06:48 AM PST by lakeprincess
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To: lakeprincess

Hoping for a clear night in Miami.

The comet should be under Saturn, in Leo.


2 posted on 02/23/2009 9:08:15 AM PST by Boiling Pots (The Gov't trying to fix the economy is like the Three Stooges trying to fix your plumbing)
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To: lakeprincess

Will it add to global warming?


3 posted on 02/23/2009 9:08:22 AM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: lakeprincess

Let’s hope Obama’s minions don their Nikes and purple jogging suits.


4 posted on 02/23/2009 9:11:55 AM PST by 03A3
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To: lakeprincess

The article is informative in many ways, but it fails to tell us where to look.


5 posted on 02/23/2009 9:13:12 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Bigg Red

Up.


6 posted on 02/23/2009 9:14:24 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: 03A3
Let’s hope Obama’s minions don their Nikes and purple jogging suits.

You're Bad! No comet watching for you.

7 posted on 02/23/2009 9:14:48 AM PST by Calusa (Subo como el Dolar. Bajo como el cafe.)
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To: lakeprincess

Will Al Gore be riding it?


8 posted on 02/23/2009 9:14:49 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: wastedyears

“Will it add to global warming?”

The funny/sad part is every fringe group will trumpet this as a sign (and drag others into their stupidity.)

Space aliens
End of the World
Evolution

I’m sure someone will even find a way to tie this to global warming.


9 posted on 02/23/2009 9:15:05 AM PST by Brookhaven (Until the three traitors are removed from the Republican Party, I am no longer a Republican.)
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To: Boiling Pots

Can you please tell me exactly where to look? The only thing I can ever find is Venus and the Big Dipper. (Whenever I try to look at a star chart I become overwhelmed and can’t follow it. I am the same way with roadmaps.)


10 posted on 02/23/2009 9:15:18 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Bigg Red
http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comet_Lulin_Feb13.pdf

Go here.

11 posted on 02/23/2009 9:16:58 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC starts 1.20.09)
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To: Brookhaven
I’m sure someone will even find a way to tie this to global warming.

Well, they did say it was a "green comet."

12 posted on 02/23/2009 9:17:57 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: lakeprincess; Brookhaven

I also posted on this as well

ninety million gallons in twenty four hours? EXACTLY and all this water is from a Poisonous Gas in Lulin..

Can it affect our water system?
AGAIN TIME WILL TELL IF IT IS THE WORMWOOD STAR IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION...


13 posted on 02/23/2009 9:18:10 AM PST by TaraP (The RAPTURE: Separation of Church and State)
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To: lakeprincess; expat_panama
Thanks to expat_panama for the website to find the comet.
14 posted on 02/23/2009 9:18:12 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Bigg Red

try google


15 posted on 02/23/2009 9:18:24 AM PST by Wavrnr10 (Eagles soar....but weasles don't get sucked into jet engines!)
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To: Bigg Red

The comet will be visible to the naked eye in clear night skies, about 45 degrees above the horizon in the southeastern skies, below Saturn. After 11 p.m. is ideal viewing time.

That wasn’t detailed enough for you?


16 posted on 02/23/2009 9:21:42 AM PST by pas
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To: pas

45 degrees really doesn’t help unless we know whether it’s Fahrenheit or centigrade. /s


17 posted on 02/23/2009 9:27:12 AM PST by faloi
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To: Brookhaven
The funny/sad part is every fringe group will trumpet this as a sign (and drag others into their stupidity.)

Rather unsurprisingly, some are even on this site:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2188550/posts

18 posted on 02/23/2009 9:29:59 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: pas

That wasn’t detailed enough for you?

^^^
Okay, I’m officially a dope now. Thanks, I missed that. (Too much multitasking here today.)


19 posted on 02/23/2009 9:34:45 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Bigg Red

up!


20 posted on 02/23/2009 9:35:17 AM PST by JrsyJack (Oh dem golden slippers!!)
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To: Bigg Red

The comet will be visible to the naked eye in clear night skies, about 45 degrees above the horizon in the southeastern skies, below Saturn. After 11 p.m. is ideal viewing time.


21 posted on 02/23/2009 9:36:04 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: JrsyJack

Wow...20 posts and no Uranis jokes, I am disappointed.


22 posted on 02/23/2009 9:37:01 AM PST by JrsyJack (Oh dem golden slippers!!)
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To: lakeprincess
Are we sure it's a comet?


23 posted on 02/23/2009 9:37:24 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: faloi

go to your room lmao


24 posted on 02/23/2009 9:38:04 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom. I love sarcaism)
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To: Constitution Day
The last paragraph of that post: I repeat, this particular comet, Lulin, will pass by us and is not the comet "Wormwood" of the Bible; a green, poisonous comet. But I believe this may be the first of many. Or it may be part of a larger debris field on its' way- it may have a partner. Things are certainly adding up.

Most on that post didn't bother to read the whole thing, but certainly bashed the poster as a nut.

25 posted on 02/23/2009 9:41:26 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: Boiling Pots

You could see it for the past few days with binoculars. Pretty dim thought. Not sure you can see it in a big city.


26 posted on 02/23/2009 9:48:55 AM PST by DManA
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To: lakeprincess

27 posted on 02/23/2009 9:49:06 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

I’m thinking more “Andromeda Strain” (the Arthur Hill version, not the recent putrid remake).


28 posted on 02/23/2009 9:51:23 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Bigg Red
Can you please tell me exactly where to look? The only thing I can ever find is Venus and the Big Dipper.

when you look at Venus, you are seeing the westernmost line of what we call the ecliptic. Follow that, in an arc, to the east, there you will find Orion. He is a large vertical rectangle with a series of bright stars as his belt and sword.

If you continue to follow to the east, at 10:00 +/- you will find Leo and then Virgo. Lulin will be at the border between these two constellations on the 23rd.

29 posted on 02/23/2009 9:51:44 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-13)
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To: lakeprincess

30 posted on 02/23/2009 9:53:39 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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To: Bigg Red
The article is informative in many ways, but it fails to tell us where to look.

Or when; It may be eastern time.

31 posted on 02/23/2009 9:59:40 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

Looks like a picture of a tomato sandwich.


32 posted on 02/23/2009 10:00:58 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (There are no points for second place.)
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To: lakeprincess
GREEN COMET ALERT!

I got mine:

33 posted on 02/23/2009 10:01:40 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Bigg Red

I know what you mean about the star charts...I just started an astronomy hobby recently. Actually, the best place to get started is in a big city by naked eye. Here is a star chart that you can change the viewing options, to make the chart much simpler http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/kids/activities-nightsky-usa.cfm. (uncheck “deep sky”, uncheck “outlines” and “boundaries” for the constellations, uncheck “Bayer/Flamsteed” codes). I have the chart show me only stars with magnitudes of 3.5 or higher. Anything more than that, the chart has too many things to look it. At 3.5, it corresponds with what I can actually see from my urban area.

The first constellation you need to find is Orion. It is by far the easiest constellation in the sky to find. You will see three bright stars in a row (Orions belt) with a bright star on top (Betelgeuse) and a bright one on the bottom (Rigel). From there you need to find Procyon, which is to the “left” of Betelgeuse....keep toggling “left” and you will run into Leo and Saturn. The comet should be a tick below Saturn. Saturn is about twice the distance from Procyon as Procyon is from Betelgeuse.


34 posted on 02/23/2009 10:08:16 AM PST by Boiling Pots (The Gov't trying to fix the economy is like the Three Stooges trying to fix your plumbing)
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To: nnn0jeh; Cailleach

ping


35 posted on 02/23/2009 10:11:28 AM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Bigg Red
Follow on:

http://www.skymaps.com/skymaps/tesmn0902.pdf

This is a fairly simple chart to use. Look for Venus to the right of the chart and Orion roughly in the middle. With stars, time is everything. As the Earth rotates, you get a different view. Hold the chart towards a cardinal direction (East, West, etc.) and have that direction at the bottom of the chart. The sky should look similar.

The beauty is when you connect the big dots in the sky and you no longer need the chart!

36 posted on 02/23/2009 10:14:14 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-13)
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To: lakeprincess

It portends the “green” obsession destroying our economy.


37 posted on 02/23/2009 10:18:41 AM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice in these troubled times.)
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To: Bigg Red

I recommend www.spaceweather.com. Good photos and maps.

Basically, look to the east. About 9:30 or so you will see the backwards question mark of Leo, and then, lower to the horizon, Saturn. Just below Saturn, you should see the comet.

It will NOT look like what it looks like in the photos.

If you have a good telescope, you might also want to check out Saturn tonight. There is a transit by 4 of Saturn’s moons, almost at the same time as Lulin reaches closest approach.

Those without scope or clear skies might also want to check out: http://www.ccssc.org/ The Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus, GA. They are doing live feed of the comet all night tonight and tomorrow morning.


38 posted on 02/23/2009 10:22:19 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: kalee

http://www.heavens-above.com/comet.aspx?cid=C%2F2007%20N3&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=CET


39 posted on 02/23/2009 10:28:27 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: lakeprincess

A glowing green comet is how about every other Sci-Fi movie in the 1950’s started.

So, when do the pod people show up, and is resistance futile?


40 posted on 02/23/2009 10:31:03 AM PST by mountainbunny
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To: IYAS9YAS
It's not even the "first of many" though. There's absolutely nothing unusual about a green comet. Did many posters take what he said too far? Yes. Was his statement highly ignorant anyway? Yes.
Comet Machholz from 2005:

Lulin:
41 posted on 02/23/2009 10:59:59 AM PST by messierhunter
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To: JrsyJack
Wow...20 posts and no Uranis jokes, I am disappointed.

There's a moratorium because Sean Penn won the Oscar for "Milk". If I recall his acceptance speech correctly, he wanted to marry Uranus.

42 posted on 02/23/2009 12:12:13 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: lakeprincess
Thanks for the heads up and a big one to all on this thread. Was great to see as I usually miss these due to bad info on the web and news giving wrong dates and times. My local news completely ignored it. Much better than when I saw the Comet Kotex ( Kohoutek ) in the early 70s.
43 posted on 02/23/2009 8:59:58 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Thank you.


44 posted on 02/24/2009 6:49:19 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: rjsimmon

Thanks.


45 posted on 02/24/2009 7:01:29 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Boiling Pots

Thank you.


46 posted on 02/24/2009 7:05:27 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: verga

Thanks.


47 posted on 02/25/2009 9:51:43 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Thanks for your help.


48 posted on 02/25/2009 9:52:48 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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