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#1 Hum

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 22:12

Comet ISON blazes through the night sky on its dangerous journey toward the sun in this great photo recently sent to SPACE.com.

Astrophotographer Adam Block captured this amazing image of the comet using a SBIG STX16803 CCD camera with a 32-inch Schulman Telescope atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter on the morning of Oct. 8.

Comet ISON could wow stargazers this December if it survives its close encounter with the sun next month. The comet was discovered last year by a couple of amateur Russian astronomers as it made its way from the cold and distant comet refractory called the Oort Cloud. Astronomers believe this trip is its maiden voyage to the inner solar system.

Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the sun on Nov. 28, coming within 730,000 miles of the solar surface. Recent photos of Comet ISON by the Hubble Space Telescope showed that the comet has held together during its trip into the inner solar system.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:19

Gorgeous. I hope it lights up the sky like the predict it will.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:21

Virgin comet, huh? So what disturbed it...... :shiftyninja:



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:24

Other bodies orbiting in the Oort Cloud, or a passing rock, brown dwarf etc.. probably gave it a gravitational or physical nudge and caused it to spiral in.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:25

Other bodies orbiting in the Oort Cloud, or a passing rock, brown dwarf etc.. probably gave it a gravitational tug and caused it to spiral in.

NIBIRU. :shifty:



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:28

PLEASE don't contaminate Neowin with Lieder's fantasies wall.gif

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:31

PLEASE don't contaminate Neowin with Lieder's fantasies wall.gif

Relax, it was a joke. :)





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