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Newfound Comet Could Look Spectacular in 2013.

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  1. yosoyellobo

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    I hope it doesn't turn out to be another Khoutek.
     
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    Part of the intrigue is not knowing how spectacular this might be, or what a did it could end up being.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    I'd love to have another Hale-Bopp type comet.
     
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    Agreed. I have a 9 year old who is starting to show more and more interest in astronomy and a cool comet would be a great way to teach him some things.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    The odd thing about that one, it was around so long you almost started to ignore it. I remember walking out of the house, in the city, and there it was. I had to remind myself sometimes, that's a freakin comet!
     
  7. yosoyellobo

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    Keeping my fingers cross. Like the article said I hope it does not turn out to be a Turkey.
     
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    No kidding. I took vacation in St Petersburg that year, and laid out on the ocean with my friends drinking wine coolers, and Hale-Bopp was bright hanging out over the ocean.

    Ill never forget that comet. Sure hope this one pans out to be as spectacular and bright. Two bright comets in a lifetime would be fantastic, because Halley's was a BIG DUD.
     
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    As long as another Hale-Bopp does not equal another Marshal Applewhite ;)
     
  10. Carl Spock

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    It looks like the place to view this comet will be Venus.

    I'm moving.

    Should I suspend my DirecTV account or cancel it? Or can I get service on Venus?
     
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    Dish only.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    Don't know about rain fade, but the cloud cover is a bit tricky.
     
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    I seen hype like this before and the comet lightshow turned out to be a bust.
     
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    It is hard to definitively predict these things with a ball of ice that could have a several thousand year orbit that was just discovered.

    But, if it matches the comet of 1680 to any degree, it could be quite a show.
     
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    I hadn't realized, it's basically just passing Saturn. Also, one of the major roadblocks for us getting a really good show, the closest approach to Earth is after a close pass by the sun. It is possible it won't survive that pass.
     
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    I'm going to be out in the country on Thanksgiving, looking online it might be visible during the day, though could be tricky. I'll need to take my sun viewing glass with me. Estimated magnitude is -4.

    Do not attempt this unless you have the proper equipment, like a telescope with a properly installed sun filter (not one on the eyepiece). I don't have anything that fancy, just a large piece of #14 welders glass.
     

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