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Old 02-01-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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To my suprise several searches for this topic turned up no results so here we are, post #1 of a new thread.

I initially wanted to post some info about two 2013 comets that may put on a show for us Earthlings during this year, the 2013th since christ, or something like that. But after finding no Astronomy related thread(s), why limit this to those things only? So post anything Astronomy/space related as far as naturally occuring things.

News/Posts about the next cool rocket should go elsewhere.

-Upcoming Comets-

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) - Currently only visible in the Southern Hemisphere, it was originally thought to possibly be a spectacular comet for both hemispheres to view. Now it is throught to be a virgin comet, burning brightly early on its travel toward the Sun and becoming less bright than predicted by the time its visible to Earth's population. However, it could still be worth the hype, and only time will tell. At any rate, it should be visible to the naked eye during the middle weeks of March for Northern Hemisphere observers.

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) - This comet will not "arrive" until October and should be visible during mid November through early January. This one will pass extremely close to the sun and has the potential to be spectacularly brilliant and even visible during daylight hours. At its perihelion it will be less than .01 AU from our Sun. If it doesn't break apart from the Sun's heat and gravitational forces, it will probably be a bright, hard to miss night time guest for a couple weeks or more.

New Comets are historically unpredictable as far as how much of a show they put on, but both of these have potential. If any of our fellow Southern Hemisphere members have pictures of PANSTARRS, please post them here. I plan to take some 1/4 sky pictures if either of these Comets deliver, so I'll do the same.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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Orion XT10 , meade 4.5 and quite a few televue lenses owner chiming in... I think you might have better luck over at Cloudynights....
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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Not a comet but asteroid 2012 DA14 will be close

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:14 AM   #6
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To my suprise several searches for this topic turned up no results so here we are, post #1 of a new thread.

I initially wanted to post some info about two 2013 comets that may put on a show for us Earthlings during this year, the 2013th since christ, or something like that. But after finding no Astronomy related thread(s), why limit this to those things only? So post anything Astronomy/space related as far as naturally occuring things.

News/Posts about the next cool rocket should go elsewhere.

-Upcoming Comets-

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) - Currently only visible in the Southern Hemisphere, it was originally thought to possibly be a spectacular comet for both hemispheres to view. Now it is throught to be a virgin comet, burning brightly early on its travel toward the Sun and becoming less bright than predicted by the time its visible to Earth's population. However, it could still be worth the hype, and only time will tell. At any rate, it should be visible to the naked eye during the middle weeks of March for Northern Hemisphere observers.

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) - This comet will not "arrive" until October and should be visible during mid November through early January. This one will pass extremely close to the sun and has the potential to be spectacularly brilliant and even visible during daylight hours. At its perihelion it will be less than .01 AU from our Sun. If it doesn't break apart from the Sun's heat and gravitational forces, it will probably be a bright, hard to miss night time guest for a couple weeks or more.

New Comets are historically unpredictable as far as how much of a show they put on, but both of these have potential. If any of our fellow Southern Hemisphere members have pictures of PANSTARRS, please post them here. I plan to take some 1/4 sky pictures if either of these Comets deliver, so I'll do the same.
make sure you bump this thread when these might be visible
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:46 AM   #7
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Not a comet but asteroid 2012 DA14 will be close
Indeed. Closest possibility is 3.2 Earth radii.

(Earth's radius is about 6371km.)
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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make sure you bump this thread when these might be visible
I plan to. When I find some pictures of PANSTARRS I will post them here, too
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
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Maybe (or maybe not) of interest in following the theme of this thread........... did you know the international space station is the third brightest object in the sky only behind the sun and moon?

If you are interested when it will be visible in your area you can sign up for alerts, you will get a text message when you can see it............ date, time, degree of latitude, how long it will be visible, where to look for it to appear and exit. The time of day is spot on accurate as well.

Pretty cool actually, I have had 5 alerts in the month of January alone. It's either been cloudy or I didn't feel like getting out of bed. More info; http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

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Old 02-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #10
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^ i've seen it several times, usually in the summer when i have patience and the sky is usually better. It's pretty neat, fwiw.

I kind of hope i can get my kids at least a little bit interested. that would be cool. we lve out of town and have a big open yard so viewing is pretty good.

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I astrophotograph whenever I get the chance. Absolutely love this kind of stuff.

I shoot with my D600, guided by a Cubo Pro, and a 200mm 2.8 Nikon Lens and a 500mm 5.6 Celestron Refractor.


Best shot of mine, but was shot with D700 and the 5.6. Going to reshoot it when it gets a bit warmer with the 2.8 so I can shoot at 1/4th the ISO.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:03 PM   #12
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I've seen the ISS pass overhead a couple times just by chance. Wish I had the astronauts view, though.

Jubert - have any ideas for where I might want to look for amateur astronomers pictures of these comets? I have tried Google searches several times but I only get garbage results and the big commercialized sites like space.com, astronomy.com, etc. No good pics so far

That is a very cool image of that galaxy, btw. It's amazing to think about how far that light has traveled to get to our insignificant eyes.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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Your best bet is to find on flickr a tag of the comet name. Then look at where the picture was added to like a certain group. The site I use is a forum that is for astronomy, but rarely do I see pictures of comets.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #14
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I think I might have seen the ISS last night. It was crystal clear out and I spotted what I thought was a high flying airplane, but thinking back it probably was the space station.
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Maybe (or maybe not) of interest in following the theme of this thread........... did you know the international space station is the third brightest object in the sky only behind the sun and moon?

If you are interested when it will be visible in your area you can sign up for alerts, you will get a text message when you can see it............ date, time, degree of latitude, how long it will be visible, where to look for it to appear and exit. The time of day is spot on accurate as well.

Pretty cool actually, I have had 5 alerts in the month of January alone. It's either been cloudy or I didn't feel like getting out of bed. More info; http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
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^ i've seen it several times, usually in the summer when i have patience and the sky is usually better. It's pretty neat, fwiw.

I kind of hope i can get my kids at least a little bit interested. that would be cool. we lve out of town and have a big open yard so viewing is pretty good.
I was lucky enough to spot it straight overhead about 4 years ago with the shuttle orbiting a few minutes of arc behind it... very cool!
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Your best bet is to find on flickr a tag of the comet name. Then look at where the picture was added to like a certain group. The site I use is a forum that is for astronomy, but rarely do I see pictures of comets.
Now I have a reason to figure out Flickr.
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Not bad... Caral Sagan was better
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Here's an IR narrow field image of PANSTARRS C/2001 L4. it was shot in August before this comet was expected to be very bright, so I don't know how well of an indicator this will be for a visible light image but it is all I could find so far.

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I remember when I was a kid getting up at 3am one night and going outside alone to look at Haley's because the weatherman had said exactly when/where to look for it. It was pretty cool to see. Not as glamorous as I had hoped (as a kid I was hoping for some massive fireball burning through the night sky), but I'm glad I did. Cool story bro.
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In the spring of 1997 I was racing well off the coast of Baja to Cabo. Being hundreds of miles away from any light source made the Hale-Bopp comet absolutely stunning.
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http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Astronomy Picture of the Day - Cool site

It also has a droid app to change your background each day. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...9yay5hbnBvZCJd
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I remember when I was a kid getting up at 3am one night and going outside alone to look at Haley's because the weatherman had said exactly when/where to look for it. It was pretty cool to see. Not as glamorous as I had hoped (as a kid I was hoping for some massive fireball burning through the night sky), but I'm glad I did. Cool story bro.
My dad took me to the closest observatory to see the same thing. I still remember it vividly. Thanks dad for the memory!

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In the spring of 1997 I was racing well off the coast of Baja to Cabo. Being hundreds of miles away from any light source made the Hale-Bopp comet absolutely stunning.
I was 15 and remember it clearly. it sure was cool to put it into perspective for the first time. (thats what she said?)
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Maybe (or maybe not) of interest in following the theme of this thread........... did you know the international space station is the third brightest object in the sky only behind the sun and moon?

If you are interested when it will be visible in your area you can sign up for alerts, you will get a text message when you can see it............ date, time, degree of latitude, how long it will be visible, where to look for it to appear and exit. The time of day is spot on accurate as well.

Pretty cool actually, I have had 5 alerts in the month of January alone. It's either been cloudy or I didn't feel like getting out of bed. More info; http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
I signed up for the alerts after seeing this post, and got a really, really good view of it last night. It appeared EXACTLY when and where the text said it would. It was pretty incredible. After about a minute of watching it, I realized I had a s***-eating grin plastered on my face.

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