View Full Version : Green Comet Approaches Earth

February 11th, 2009, 05:28 PM
In 1996, a 7-year-old boy in China bent over the eyepiece of a small telescope and saw something that would change his life--a comet of flamboyant beauty, bright and puffy with an active tail. At first he thought he himself had discovered it, but no, he learned, two men named "Hale" and "Bopp" had beat him to it. Mastering his disappointment, young Quanzhi Ye resolved to find his own comet one day.

And one day, he did.

Fast forward to a summer afternoon in July 2007. Ye, now 19 years old and a student of meteorology at China's Sun Yat-sen University, bent over his desk to stare at a black-and-white star field. The photo was taken nights before by Taiwanese astronomer Chi Sheng Lin on "sky patrol" at the Lulin Observatory. Ye's finger moved from point to point--and stopped. One of the stars was not a star, it was a comet, and this time Ye saw it first.

Comet Lulin, named after the observatory in Taiwan where the discovery-photo was taken, is now approaching Earth. "It is a green beauty that could become visible to the naked eye any day now," says Ye.


I love reading about astronomy fodder

Feb. 24th: Closest approach!

February 11th, 2009, 05:41 PM
It's Superman!

February 11th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Time to put my telescope to good use. Haven't had to much incentive lately since all the clear nights in recent weeks was -20C.

February 11th, 2009, 06:56 PM
"...it's now approaching Earth"??? RUN!!!!

February 11th, 2009, 07:51 PM
"...it's now approaching Earth"??? RUN!!!!

run where?

February 11th, 2009, 08:11 PM
run where?

...well, then f&*%ing call Bruce Willis!!!

February 11th, 2009, 08:11 PM
run where?

To the edge and jump!

February 11th, 2009, 08:30 PM
All hail our new plant overlords!

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February 11th, 2009, 09:41 PM
All hail our new plant overlords!

LOL! Unless of course it turns out they come in peace in which case... SHOOT TO KILL!
Seriously though, it is a pretty comet.

chucky chuckaluck
February 11th, 2009, 09:46 PM
should i cash in my 401k, or is it not coming that close?