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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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A couple cool astronimcal things coming.

“An Emerald in the Sky” January 1 - 2, 2008.



NASA: “After a 13.6 year absence, Comet 8P/Tuttle is once again
traveling through the inner solar system and on January 1 - 2, 2008, it makes its closest approach to Earth at only 24 million miles away. The merald-colored comet will brighten to a predicted magnitude of 5.8, visible to the unaided eye from dark-sky sites and will be a fine target for backyard telescopes. Look straight up after sunset on January 1, 2008, and north of the big ‘W’ of Cassiopeia to see the emerald green glow of Comet 8P/Tuttle.”





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1 in 75 chance Asteroid 2007 WD5 could impact near Opportunity
rover site on Martian equator moving at 8 miles/second.

“We know that it's going to fly by Mars and most likely going to miss,
but there's a possibility of an impact.” - Steve Chesley, Astronomer,
Near Earth Object Program, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Mars exploration. If the asteroid - discovered only a month ago in November 2007 - does hit the red planet on January 30, 2008, it will probably hit near the Opportunity site where the rover has been exploring since 2004. NASA says the robot is not in danger because it lies outside the impact zone. Speeding at 8 miles a second, a collision would carve a hole the size of the famous Meteor Crater in Arizona. Images courtesy NASA.

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Quite cool pics:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
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Yep...I'm bored.
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Re: A couple cool astronimcal things coming.

I won't hold my breath...it's most likely to be cloudy and p*ssing down with rain over here so we probably won't see it
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Re: A couple cool astronimcal things coming.

You know, I used to think all this kind of was really geeky, but it's actually really cool. I'm a sucker for cool atmospheric sites and it doesn't get much more atmospheric than.. er.. the atmosphere, does it?

I tell you something else I love, space art. Check out www.solarvoyager.com some of the pictures are amazing. I'd link some of the pics but I think you guys should check out the site.

My personal favourite is this guy, Jeff Quick http://www.solarvoyager.com/jquick.asp
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WOW, I didn't know the guy had his own website, check these pics out!

http://www.moodflow.com/Wallpapers.html
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The biggest show will be on Friday the 13th in April 2029. Only then will we know if it smashes into Earth 7 years later.

http://www.deepastronomy.com/apophis...hit-earth.html

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The biggest show will be on Friday the 13th in April 2029. Only then will we know if it smashes into Earth 7 years later.


..... hopefully Bruce Willis won't have retired at that stage.......

Anyone know if the comet will be visible in the Southern skies?
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www.serpo.org

is it real? who knows! either way its a great story.

(its space related ... with little green men)

there's a song in there somewhere
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apparently theres an asteroid/comet on a possible collision course with earth called Apophis. I reckon its actually the bad guy from stargate sg-1 though!
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