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Uncle Thanky

NASA's Hubble Observes the Farthest Active Inbound Comet Yet Seen

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 Uncle Thanky    1,153

"NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at a whopping distance of 1.5 billion miles from the Sun (beyond Saturn's orbit). Slightly warmed by the remote Sun, it has already begun to develop an 80,000-mile-wide fuzzy cloud of dust, called a coma, enveloping a tiny, solid nucleus of frozen gas and dust. These observations represent the earliest signs of activity ever seen from a comet entering the solar system's planetary zone for the first time."

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Perhaps this one will be visible to the naked eye.:gsbrnint:

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 Sagd    255

Remember  Hale.Bopp it was spectacular here for.about a month we use to.night ride a lot just to.watch it from the top.of.the mountain what a show

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 apache54    4,867
2 hours ago, Sagd said:

Remember  Hale.Bopp it was spectacular here for.about a month we use to.night ride a lot just to.watch it from the top.of.the mountain what a show

The person who is attributed to the discovery of Haley's comet (Haley) lives a few miles from me! He is a strange person!

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Given the long orbit of this to the outer edge of the sun's plasma sheath, this comet should be highly electrically charged and should be very bright as with pronounced coma and tails as it nears the sun. Hopefully it will be a nice visual treat.

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