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Old 02-05-09, 03:14 PM
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Space Weather News for Feb. 5, 2009
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COMET TAIL: Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is approaching Earth and putting on a good show for amateur astronomers. Yesterday, Feb. 4th, observers witnessed a "disconnection event." A gust of solar wind tore off part of the comet's tail in plain view of backyard telescopes. Photos of the event are featured on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com. Activity in the comet's tail and atmosphere will become even easier to see in the weeks ahead as Lulin nears closest approach on Feb. 24th. At that time the comet will lie only 38 million miles from Earth and it should be visible to the naked eye. In the meantime, please note that Feb. 5th-7th, is an especially good time to find Comet Lulin in the pre-dawn sky. The comet is gliding beautifully close to the naked-eye double star Zubenelgenubi. Just point your binoculars at the double star and the comet will materialize right beside it. Visit http://spaceweather.com for photos, sky maps and more information.

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It was 18F this morning. I am not going outside and set up my telescope to see this while my gnads freeze off. I'll wait for some hardier peeps than I to post some pics.
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It was 18F this morning. I am not going outside and set up my telescope to see this while my gnads freeze off. I'll wait for some hardier peeps than I to post some pics.
You were as warm as 18? It was still -2 when I left for class this morning, and -9 when Lulin would have been visible here. I'd Love some 18 degree weather during prime observation time.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
You were as warm as 18? It was still -2 when I left for class this morning, and -9 when Lulin would have been visible here. I'd Love some 18 degree weather during prime observation time.
Well, come on over. I'll brew some coffee and then look at the pics you take afterwards.
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Tom, I followed a link in the story you cited.

I found this incredibly cool piece of film. Wow.

The Sun Rips Off a Comet's Tail
10.01.2007

October 1, 2007: Comet Encke never knew what hit it.


On April 20, 2007, the comet had just dipped inside the orbit of Mercury, perilously close to the sun, when a solar eruption struck and literally tore the comet's tail off.

more... http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/01oct_encke.htm

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pre-dawn? o_0
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