Saturday, January 31, 2009

Comet passing by Earth

So, I stumbled upon this story on the National Geographic website in the Daily News section and thought I'd post it. It is really neat. There is a comet called Lulin that is visible moving westward from the constellation Libra to Virgo.

Amateur astronomer Gregg Ruppel captured the image below of Comet Lulin on January 15, 2009, which shows the comet's faint tail and rare anti-tail—a slim "second tail" that seems to point toward the sun but is actually an optical effect.

Comet Lulin will make its closest approach to Earth on February 24, and while it will probably be hard to see with the naked eye, astronomers think the "fresh" new comet has the potential to brighten rapidly.

Here is a link to the story on National Geographic -

Comet Lulin on National Geographic

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