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(Update)October 20th,BIG GREEN COMET...
Spaceweather ^ | October 4th, 2010

Posted on 10/04/2010 10:17:03 AM PDT by TaraP

BIG GREEN COMET: The icy nucleus of comet 103P/Hartley 2 measures no more than a couple of kilometers across. That tiny nugget, however, is surrounded by an vast atmosphere of gas more than 150,000 km in diameter--about the same size as the planet Jupiter! And it's coming our way. Amateur astronomer Nick Howes sends this picture of the approaching comet from Cherhill, WIltshire UK:

"I photographed the comet on Oct. 1st using a 4-inch refractor," says Howes. "Four hours of exposure time revealed not only the comet's vast green atmosphere but also an emerging tail." Howes describes the processing of the data here.

At present, the comet is a 7th-magnitude object best seen through telescopes. (We recommend the Comet Hunter.) The view will improve, perhaps even to naked-eye visibility, as the comet glides by Earth only 11 million miles away on Oct. 20th.

Two weeks after Comet Hartley has its close encounter with Earth, NASA will have a close encounter with the comet. The Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft is hurtling toward Comet Hartley now, and on Nov. 4th it will fly 435 miles from the comet's active icy nucleus. The encounter will mark only the fifth time in history that a spacecraft has been close enough to image a comet's core.

Until then, amateur astronomers can monitor the comet as it glides through the constellation Cassiopeia in the evening sky. A finder chart from Sky and Telescope shows the comet passing by a variety of stars and deep-sky objects, offering many photo-ops in the nights ahead.


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

1 posted on 10/04/2010 10:17:06 AM PDT by TaraP
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2 posted on 10/04/2010 10:17:45 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?


3 posted on 10/04/2010 10:19:14 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: airborne; TaraP

Wormwood?!


4 posted on 10/04/2010 10:21:29 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: All

COMET HARTLEY 2 UPDATE: Some observers are reporting that comet 103P/Hartley 2 has reached the threshold of naked eye visibility. “I was able to see the comet last night under very dark and transparent skies,” says Kevin Koski of Cascade, Wisconsin. Veteran observer Mike Holloway of Van Buren, Arkansas, adds that “the comet was almost ‘naked eye’ with averted vision on Oct. 2nd.” In the nights ahead, telescopic observers are encouraged to lift their eyes from the optics to attempt a sighting.

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:

Approaching COMET HARTLEY the blue star according to the Hopi prophecy?


5 posted on 10/04/2010 10:23:55 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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6 posted on 10/04/2010 10:24:37 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: DCBryan1
WORMWOOD?

Hmmm....That IS green isn't it..........

7 posted on 10/04/2010 10:27:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: TaraP
And invisible to me because it was so remote and small, flying swiftly and steadily towards me across that incredible distance, drawing nearer every minute by so many thousands of miles, came the Thing they were sending us, the Thing that was to bring so much struggle and calamity and death to the earth. I never dreamed of it then as I watched; no one on earth dreamed of that unerring missile.

HG Wells, The War of the Worlds

8 posted on 10/04/2010 10:31:12 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: TaraP
No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

At midnight on the twelfth of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, starting on its way.

And that's how it was for the next ten nights. A flare, spurting out from Mars - bright green, drawing a green mist behind it - a beautiful, but somehow disturbing sight. Ogilvy, the astronomer, assured me we were in no danger. He was convinced there could be no living thing on that remote, forbidding planet.

"The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one," he said. "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one - but still they come!"

9 posted on 10/04/2010 10:36:10 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: TaraP

The science websites are all a-flutter with the greeen comet. Yet, none cater to the amateur viewer by giving a simple “direction and elevation above the horizon” explanation for viewing.

Anyone here have that basic info available?


10 posted on 10/04/2010 10:45:53 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: TaraP

October surprise?


11 posted on 10/04/2010 10:48:11 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Try this:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/102632669.html

Cassiopeia should be nearly overhead about midnight. Looks like a “W”


12 posted on 10/04/2010 11:06:33 AM PDT by Rio
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To: Rio

This is interesting....

YES. . . and. . . NO.

NOTE: “www” is the acronym for world wide web and is normally used as the prefix, or first node of the Internet domain names, such as www.av1611.org

FIRST. . . The YES.
How to get 666 from www?

The Hebrew and Greek alphabet does not have separate characters or alphabets for numbers and letters. Letters are also used as numbers. So each letter is a numerical value.

The Hebrew equivalent of our “w” is the letter “vav” or “waw”. The numerical value of vav is 6. So the English “www” transliterated into Hebrew is “vav vav vav”, which numerically is 666.

http://www.av1611.org/666/www_666.html


13 posted on 10/04/2010 11:11:24 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

Remarkable that such a small mass can drag such distant particles along in its gravity field.


14 posted on 10/04/2010 11:14:11 AM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: TaraP
The Mark of the Beast is not, as many believe, 666

As recorded by St John the 'mark' looks like the Greek letters Chi, Xi and Sigma-Tau (a ligature of Sigma and Tau).

More usefully, here is an image of the so-called “666” from the Codex Vaticanus of Revelation which dates to around 350 AD - 200 to 300 years after John wrote Revelation. These marks are often - and erroneously - interpreted as '666' when they are in fact a simple image.

Let's look at that again:

Is there anything that looks like that? What could that be? I'm not sure, but it looks awfully familiar ...


That design is common in Islam. It is a pair of crossed swords next to the Bismallah - the Name of Allah.

And what about the Mark of the Beast being worn on arm and head? Was St John talking of headbands and armbands?

It's not very clear, but you can just make out the X-shaped swords and the middle symbol on this piece of material:

And if we pull out a bit, we get the whole thing - this is an image of a armband belonging to Hamas:

I got these images from this PDF. It's well written and worth reading in its entirety. The Bismallah - the Name of Allah - worn on head and arm by fanatical jihadists the world over - is the Mark of the Beast.

Hope this is helpful

15 posted on 10/04/2010 11:17:29 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: Interesting Times
Remarkable that such a small mass can drag such distant particles along in its gravity field.

Those particles have been blasted off the comet by the solar wind, forming (depending on their size and type) its tail and halo. They won't stay with the comet.

16 posted on 10/04/2010 11:19:15 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: Quix
Seen as a pale green spec among the stars of Cassiopeia, Comet Hartley 2 shines in this four-minute exposure taken on the night of Sept. 28, 2010, by NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. (NASA) PALE GREEN HORSE OF THE APOCALYPSE: “And when the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, ‘Come!’ And I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green like a corpse. And Death was the name of its rider, who was followed around by the grave. They were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.” Revelation 6:7-8
17 posted on 10/04/2010 11:19:25 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: Rio

Actually, here in suburban Chicago, Cassiopeia looks like a single bright star (naked eye). I can make out some whole constellations with my binoculars.

I’m hoping to use them to see beyond some of the “light pollution” and pick out Hartley.


18 posted on 10/04/2010 11:21:04 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: agere_contra

Very interesting!

Thanks for posting!


19 posted on 10/04/2010 11:21:35 AM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

jeff wayne


20 posted on 10/04/2010 11:22:28 AM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: TaraP

Certainly interesting and worth paying some attention to, imho.

thx.


21 posted on 10/04/2010 11:28:14 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: airborne

Comet - It will make your teeth turn green
Comet - It tastes like gasoline
Comet - It will make you vomit
So get some Comet, and vomit, today


22 posted on 10/04/2010 11:30:25 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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To: QualityMan
jeff wayne

Indeed. The fact that the comet is green reminded me of the "green mist" which trailed the capsules launched by the Martians.

Of course, the segment of the intro I quoted was narrated by the late Richard Burton. Lead vocalist for the sung portions was Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues.

23 posted on 10/04/2010 12:23:51 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: TaraP

The icy nucleus of comet 103P/Hartley 2 measures no more than a couple of kilometers across. That tiny nugget, however, is surrounded by an vast atmosphere of gas more than 150,000 km in diameter—

Pretty unusual, it doesn’t sound like outgassing but
what kind of mass would you need to hold that atmosphere
in place, to travel along with the nucleus??


24 posted on 10/04/2010 12:30:48 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: agere_contra; null and void

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Nully, check out # 15.


25 posted on 10/04/2010 12:30:56 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: TaraP
A Big Green Comet?


26 posted on 10/04/2010 12:34:54 PM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: agere_contra
Those particles have been blasted off the comet by the solar wind, forming (depending on their size and type) its tail and halo. They won't stay with the comet.

That makes sense (unlike most of the rest of this thread). Thanks.

27 posted on 10/04/2010 12:57:23 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: tet68

It’s not being held in place. It is diffusing out into space.


28 posted on 10/04/2010 2:26:11 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Correct you are.

And, Parson Nathaniel was none other than Phil Lynott, lead man of Thin Lizzy.

I had that LP when I was a lad, and most recently, found it online, and it is securely on my Ipod now....ULLA


29 posted on 10/04/2010 2:48:08 PM PDT by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: null and void

Still doesn’t make sense, a kilometer sized object is
not going to have enough mass to hold an atmosphere
even temporarily, where did it come from?
I’m confused.


30 posted on 10/04/2010 2:53:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

That’s a bit like asking where the water around an ice cube came from.


31 posted on 10/04/2010 3:04:45 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: QualityMan

I happen to be listening to the Blackstone Audiobooks production right now.

I’m amused that the Brit reading it (Christopher Hurt) pronounces ‘ULLA’ as ‘allah’.


32 posted on 10/04/2010 3:09:08 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

That stuff around an ice cube is called scotch.

So all this atmosphere we are talking about came
from the frozen solid nucleus? It was originally
much larger and made up of solidified gas that is
now difusing into space, and much faster as it
nears the sun?

Be interesting to see the photos.


33 posted on 10/04/2010 3:34:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Yes. At sea level 1 cubic mile of ice makes 1700 cubic miles of water vapor. Multiply that volume by a bunch to get how many cubic miles of near-vacuum vapor that equals!


34 posted on 10/04/2010 3:53:06 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Interesting Times; TaraP
Remarkable that such a small mass can drag such distant particles along in its gravity field.

I think it's a little more than 'remarkable'. I don't think we actually have a good scientific explanation.

35 posted on 10/04/2010 4:52:40 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: TaraP
Its the Comet Empire!


36 posted on 10/04/2010 4:56:35 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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