For the first time ever, a meteor has grazed in and out of Earth's atmosphere, slowing enough to become a temporary satellite that lasted a full orbit.
In other astronomical news, a comet was discovered by a couple of Russian
astronomers that appears to have all of the ingredients to be one of
the greatest comets in our lifetimes, and maybe one of the greatest in
human civilization's history.
New comet might blaze brighter than the full Moon
This will be the second
great comet of 2013.
A comet has been discovered and we may get to see it.
If it doesn't boil away first, we'll be able to see it November 29th, 2013, give or take a day.
Lots of back-slapping on the comet email list
The Story of a Comet Hunter
(see also his web page
which contains a link to the story of his discover of Comet Seki-Lines in 1962).
Visual comet hunting
has a long and intriguing history
. Today visual hunters are adapting
their ways to make visual discoveries in an age of automated
searches. The amateur can still win
Now, ANYONE can discover a comet(?)
Or perhaps 1000
. A Guide for SOHO Comet Hunters
. More SOHO and Sungrazing Comet Links
Here's an excellent map if you want to see Comet Holmes/17P tonight
(the comet that, until a couple of nights ago you would have needed a pretty good-sized telescope to even see. Then (out of the blue, as it were)
it unexpectedly brightened by over 1,000,000 times
to become an easy object for your naked eye –even with the nearly full moon in the sky). I did not know about CalSky
but (despite some less-than-attractive web design) is truly the best of the web for online astronomy info and sky maps! [more inside]
Stardust@home. The Stardust spacecraft
(discussed recently here
) should land in Utah early Saturday
, carrying in its hold a sprinkling of grains of interstellar dust. Researchers are seeking the public's help
in pinpointing the submicroscopic bits of dust. Participants will sift through the hundreds of thousands of pictures of the roughly square-foot collector plate.