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    Comet Ison

    Just in case you haven't already heard...

    A once in a lifetime astronomical event is coming for the end of 2013... The Comet Ison.

    It is expected to be visible to the naked eye from November 2013 to January 2014. It is also expected to be brighter than the full moon at times, perhaps even visible during the day!

    Ison will be passing 39,000,000 mi away from the Earth and 680,000 mi (Just under 3 times the distance from the earth to the moon) away from the sun as it wraps around it.

    My favorite line... "If you stood upon it you could leap 20 miles into space taking over a week to come down again, watching as the comet rotated beneath you."

    'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be Ison - the comet of the century - Science - News - The Independent



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    Re: Comet Ison

    Bump this in a year?



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    Re: Comet Ison

    Just hoarding some credits!


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    Re: Comet Ison

    I wanna see this but I have no memory.



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    Re: Comet Ison

    I love the once a lifetime event that happens every year.



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    Re: Comet Ison

    Looks like a cult has one year to develop and prepare for the mass suicide. Windbreaker jackets and black Nikes with a white swoosh could soon be trending next year (ala Heaven's Gate). I may invest in Nike to reap the benefit of the crazies.


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    I can't wait! Counting down the days!



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    Re: Comet Ison

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I love the once a lifetime event that happens every year.
    I was just going to say the same thing. Every 6 months to a year there is a "once in a lifetime" astronomical event. I only take the same crap once, but I don't have people beating down my door to look at it.


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    Re: Comet Ison

    Here's a look at the 'brightness' of comets in recent history (Negative = Brighter)

    Brightest comets in the last two-thirds century

    Here's how the magnitude scale works.

    The astronomical magnitude scale



    Considering they are estimating the magnitude of this comet to be as bright if not brighter than the moon (-13 Magnitude) I would definitely consider this to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

    I remember Hale-bopp in the 90s... that was pretty darn cool. This one looks to knock the socks off that one in terms of brightness.


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    Re: Comet Ison

    There was comet kahoutek in the mid 70's that was supposed to light up the night sky but was a big disappointment. I remember seeing it but from my vantage point it was barely visible. I hope this one will live up to it's billing.


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    Re: Comet Ison

    Quote Originally Posted by KFitzy87 View Post
    I can't wait! Counting down the days!
    Add Leap days to the Mayan calendar and you get Comet Ison.


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    Re: Comet Ison

    I thought Comet Ison was a new football recruit. I was thinking now that is a cool name. Especially if he was a receiver or rb.



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    Re: Comet Ison

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Bump this in a year?
    Over/Under on how many times someone posts a new thread on this only to get linked to this in the next year?



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    Quote Originally Posted by GrindingAway View Post
    Over/Under on how many times someone posts a new thread on this only to get linked to this in the next year?
    I am going to say 5.


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    Re: Comet Ison

    this makes me want to start a *****OFFICIAL 2013/2014 NEW YEARS EVE THREAD***** just to make sure i get the credits.




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