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Kryptonite" Comet Making Closest Approach to Earth.. October 20th, 2010
Daily Galaxy ^ | Sept 30th, 2010

Posted on 10/01/2010 10:34:37 AM PDT by TaraP

A pale green interloper among the stars of Cassiopeia, Comet Hartley 2 glows like an escapee from Krypton at the center of this exposure taken on the night of Sept. 28, 2010, by NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. Still too faint to be seen with the unaided eye, the comet was 18 million miles away from Earth at the time. Cooke took this image using a telescope located near Mayhill, N.M., which he controlled via the Internet from his home computer.

"Before mid-October, Northern Hemisphere observers will be able to see the comet nearly all night long in the northeast," Cook told National Geographic. "After mid-October it can be seen as early as 11:30 p.m. [local time] but is best just before dawn." Starting in late November observers in the Southern Hemisphere will have a good view of the comet as it heads away from Earth, Cook added

In 2007 the comet became the primary target for a NASA spacecraft called Deep Impact. That probe's first mission had been to launch a projectile into comet Temple 1 in 2005, kicking up a plume of ice and dust so that astronomers could study the comet's composition. After that mission ended, the Deep Impact "mothership" still had enough fuel for followup experiments, so NASA redirected the probe for an encounter with comet Hartley 2. UPDATE FROM SPACEWEATHER: APPROACHING COMET: Green comet 103P/Hartley 2 is approaching Earth for a close encounter on Oct. 20th. At that time, the comet will be only 11 million miles from Earth and should be dimly visible to the naked eye from dark sky sites. It already looks great through backyard telescopes. Italian amateur astronomer Toni Scarmato took this picture on Sept. 29th using a 10-inch reflector: http://www.spaceweather.com/


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comet; comet103p; comethartley2; deepimpact; epoxi; greencomet; hartley2; kryptonite; nasa

1 posted on 10/01/2010 10:34:40 AM PDT by TaraP
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Before mid-October, Northern Hemisphere observers will be able to see the comet nearly all night long in the northeast," Cook told National Geographic. "After mid-October it can be seen as early as 11:30 p.m. [local time] but is best just before dawn."
2 posted on 10/01/2010 10:36:14 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

I like Hartley, too............

3 posted on 10/01/2010 10:36:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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Comet Hartley 2 is now on the way to a close flyby of the Earth. This image showed it on sep. 20 UT 1.57,taken with 10"/3.8 and CCD (KAF 6303) RGB 210/270/270 seconds
4 posted on 10/01/2010 10:38:01 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

it’s a big sky so; any idea which direction to be looking, any particular constellation? thx


5 posted on 10/01/2010 10:39:14 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: TaraP

Paging algore, paging algore...please pick up the white courtesy phone....


6 posted on 10/01/2010 10:39:54 AM PDT by FrankR (obama can only be what WE allow him to be.)
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To: All
Comet 103P/Hartley 2, a small periodic comet, was discovered in 1986 by Malcolm Hartley, an Australian astronomer. It orbits the sun about every 6.5 years, and on Oct. 20, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth since its discovery. In this case, "close" means 11 million miles, or 17.7 million kilometers. A moonless sky will make for promising viewing conditions in the northeastern skies, especially just before dawn
7 posted on 10/01/2010 10:40:11 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP
Kryptonite" Comet Making Closest Approach to Earth.. ...Superman in Hiding
8 posted on 10/01/2010 10:40:29 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: TaraP

Has anyone told “The Man of Steel”?


9 posted on 10/01/2010 10:40:33 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: theDentist

Lots of great viewing tips at spaceweather.com


10 posted on 10/01/2010 10:41:23 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Quix

Just some *Spiritual Food* for thought...

REVELATION 6:8
I looked up and saw a horse whose *color was pale green*. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.


11 posted on 10/01/2010 10:44:45 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: RexBeach
Fortunately we have a guide


12 posted on 10/01/2010 10:47:07 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Man, what a relief! :)


13 posted on 10/01/2010 10:48:02 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: TaraP
REVELATION 6:8 I looked up and saw a horse whose *color was pale green*. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.

Comet 103P/Hartley 2, a small periodic comet, was discovered in 1986 by Malcolm Hartley, an Australian astronomer. It orbits the sun about every 6.5 years, and on Oct. 20, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth since its discovery.

Just pointing out the "pale green horse" has "come" a few hundred times since that was written.

14 posted on 10/01/2010 10:48:32 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: xp38

Jimmy Olsen’s Blues - The Spin Doctors

Well, I don’t think I can handle this
A cloudy day in Metropolis
I think I’ll talk to my analyst
I got it so bad for this little journalist

It drives me up the wall and through the roof
Lois and Clark in a telephone booth
I think I’m going out of my brain
I got it so bad for little miss Lois Lane

(Chrous)
Lois Lane please put me in your plan
Yeah, Lois Lane you don’t need no Super Man
Come on downtown and stay with me tonight
I got a pocket full of kryptonite, I
I got a pocket full of kryptonite, I
I got a pocket full of kryptonite

He’s leaping buildings in a single bound
I’m reading Shakespeare at my place downtown
Come on downtown and make love to me
I’m Jimmy Olsen not a titan, you see

He’s faster than a bullet, stronger than a train
He’s the one who got lucky, got his cape around miss Lois Lane
I can’t believe my dilemma is real
I’m competing with the man of steel

(Chorus)

Got a pocket full of...

Well, I don’t think I can handle this
A cloudy day in Metropolis
I think I’ll talk to my analyst
I got it so bad for this little journalist


15 posted on 10/01/2010 10:49:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: TaraP
A moonless sky will make for promising viewing conditions in the northeastern skies, especially just before dawn

Oh well, maybe next time.

16 posted on 10/01/2010 10:51:56 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; AFPhys

The Space Weather site looks good.

http://spaceweather.com/


17 posted on 10/01/2010 11:01:06 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: raybbr

Well maybe this is the first time it is coming this close to earth? Maybe it means nothing.*OR* prophetically maybe it means something....


18 posted on 10/01/2010 11:01:33 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: raybbr
Just pointing out the "pale green horse" has "come" a few hundred times since that was written.

Just having fun here. This was bolded in your reply: and on Oct. 20, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth since its discovery.

;-)

19 posted on 10/01/2010 11:02:20 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: TaraP

Hmmmmm.

thx thx.

I think. LOL.


20 posted on 10/01/2010 11:03:13 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: TaraP

I always wondered why no one seems to notice that Kryptonite glows when Superman gets near it. No one except Clark Kent that is.

Also what is it with the initials LL? Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, etc.


21 posted on 10/01/2010 11:07:39 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: theDentist

There’s an app for that


22 posted on 10/01/2010 11:09:13 AM PDT by frithguild (Joe Wilson was wrong when he shouted "You lie!" Obama doesn't just lie - he lies all the time.)
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To: raybbr
the "pale green horse" has "come" a few hundred times since that was written

That puts my mind at ease a bit.

23 posted on 10/01/2010 11:10:34 AM PDT by frithguild (Joe Wilson was wrong when he shouted "You lie!" Obama doesn't just lie - he lies all the time.)
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To: TaraP

So THAT is why I haven’t been feeling good lately.


24 posted on 10/01/2010 11:12:36 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: TaraP

The October Surprise...


25 posted on 10/01/2010 11:15:13 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: dfwgator

I’ll see your Spin Doctors and rais you a 3 Doors Down

“Kryptonite”

I took a walk around the world
To ease my troubled mind
I left my body laying somewhere
In the sands of time
But I watched the world float
To the dark side of the moon

I feel there is nothing I can do, yeah

I watched the world float
To the dark side of the moon
After all I knew it had to be
Something to do with you
I really don’t mind what happens now and then
As long as you’ll be my friend at the end

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite

You called me strong, you called me weak,
But still your secrets I will keep
You took for granted all the times
I never let you down
You stumbled in and bumped your head,
If not for me then you’d be dead
I picked you up and put you back
On solid ground

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well,
Will you be there a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be there
Holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite
Yeah!!

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well,
Will you be there a-holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side
With my superhuman might
Kryptonite
Yeah!!


26 posted on 10/01/2010 11:22:27 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 619 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: TaraP

The photo (Post #4) taken 30 September showed the comet in the constellation Cassiopaeia. It appeared just below the top center of the W-shaped asterism.


27 posted on 10/01/2010 11:28:53 AM PDT by Procyon (Tagline under construction)
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To: TaraP
A pale green interloper among the stars of Cassiopeia,

Cassiopeia is one of the polar constellations that never sets and circles the North Pole, if you're above the Tropic of Cancer. It looks like the letter "W" in the northern sky.

-PJ

28 posted on 10/01/2010 11:31:58 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Also, North Pole = North Star, Polaris.

-PJ

29 posted on 10/01/2010 11:32:38 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: dfwgator


Hmmm... that group isn't up on their Jimmy Olsen. He always liked Lois' sister, Lucy. They actually DID get married in 1966, but it was annulled thanks to misbehaviour by Miss Mxyzptlk...it's a long story.
30 posted on 10/01/2010 11:33:35 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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Good thing Jimmy Olsen didn't work in Nazi Germany:

Uberman: I am.. Uberman! I have superhuman powers, and I fight for untruth, injustice, and the Nazi way! And I have X-ray vision!

Lois Laneoff: X-ray vision? Can you see through my clothes?

Uberman: Ja! And through his, too. [ points at Jimmy Olstein ] He's a Jew!

Jimmy Olstein: No! No, it's not true! My parents were just very advanced in hygeine, that's all..!

Hitler: Silence! Guard, take this Jew away!

Uberman: No need! I'll drop him off at the camp on my vay to the Eastern front!

31 posted on 10/01/2010 11:36:38 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: TaraP
Lex is smiling.


32 posted on 10/01/2010 11:46:07 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Political Junkie Too

Interesting..

Thanks! I never knew that...


33 posted on 10/01/2010 12:11:56 PM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: IYAS9YAS
Just having fun here. This was bolded in your reply: and on Oct. 20, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth since its discovery.

Harrumph! Ha!

Exactly 39 years ago it came a lot closer.

Don't ask me how I know.

Okay, I'll tell you according to web site Hartley was only .084 AU from earth. This year it's scheduled to pass at .12 AU from earth.

AU = Astronomical Unit 92,955,807 miles.

34 posted on 10/01/2010 12:14:21 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: raybbr

Yeah, but gold (AU) wasn’t worth as much back then... ;-)


35 posted on 10/01/2010 1:12:32 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: raybbr
Okay, I'll tell you according to web site Hartley was only .084 AU from earth. This year it's scheduled to pass at .12 AU from earth.

That 0.084 AU was from Hartly to Jupiter.

36 posted on 10/01/2010 1:46:43 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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To: IYAS9YAS
That 0.084 AU was from Hartly to Jupiter.

Spoilsport.

I didn't notice that. I just figured they were all in reference to earth.

37 posted on 10/01/2010 4:52:14 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: raybbr
I didn't notice that. I just figured they were all in reference to earth.

I did, too. I was actually reading the distances wondering why they said it would be closest this year.

38 posted on 10/01/2010 7:45:07 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberalism can be summed up thusly: someone craps their pants and we all have to wear diapers)
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