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A comet may appear surprising bright in March 2013 [Space]
posted February 5 2013 17:37.55 by Giorgos Lazaridis




On March this year, we will have a visitor from the Oort cloud. A comet named Pan-STARRS after the name of the telescope that discovered it (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System), and its heading towards our inner solar system.

Scientists are not quite sure if this comet will appear a a bright star or if it will fly by unnoticed by most of us. It may collapse under the gravity of the sun, or it may appear with a million-miles long tail - a distinctive characteristic of comets. The comet will pass very close to the sun, so if it does not break into pieces, it will be very active. Nevertheless, it may require binoculars to see its tail.

Keep you eyes to the sky on March 12 and 13, during the twilight, close to the moon.

And now that i think of it... We still have another visitor to welcome, comet ISON which will appear at the end of this year [details]. So maybe NASA has ruled out a collision with Apophis, but i still have this awkward feeling that our space neighbor is getting more and more popular...



[Link: NASA]
 
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