this will be worth seeing....new comet as bright as the full moon

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    Late next year, there will be a new object in the night sky nearly 10 times brighter than the full moon. This temporary attraction, called C/2012 S1, is a comet that has likely never passed through our inner solar system before, so it's larger and more reflective than those our sun has already blasted.

    C/2012 S1 won't just be bright; it'll be large enough to see without the need for binoculars or a telescope. Its brightness magnitude is expected to be -16, with the Sun by comparison being -26. Comet Hale-Bopp, seen above, was magnitude -1 when it passed through our solar system in 1997. Astronomers are predicting that C/2012 S1 will appear in the sky near the sun and horizon, so it should be fairly easy to pinpoint without a sky map. Should it contain a large amount of gas beneath its icy exterior, the comet could sprout a massive glowing tail as it nears the sun and the ice is melted away, making it even easier to see — not to mention much cooler looking.

    Comet due in 2013 could be brighter than the full moon | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News
     
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    Nice...remember Halle-Bopp during the late 90's?

    That shit was mind-blowing.
     
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    why yes i do..and i remember the big dude kotenkul or whatever......a friend of mine...dumb bitch that she was..named her kid after the comet that wasnt
     
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    Bones, next time I'm throwing in the magical FZ word.
     
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    fuck fuck fuck....someone moved the thread....i swear...if i wanted it in science i would have put it there
     
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    Halle-Bopp:

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    hold up there....perhaps i did put it here...nevermind....
     
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    you could just stand and watch it all night and sometimes during the day
     
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    No you didn't, it was in the FZ, unless I've gone crazy.
     

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