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COMET McNAUGHT: A fresh comet is swinging through the inner solar system, and it is brightening rapidly as it approaches the sun. Presenting, Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1):


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Michael Jäger of Stixendorf, Austria, took the picture on June 6th using an 8-inch telescope. The comet's green atmosphere is larger than the planet Jupiter, while the long willowy ion tail stretches more than a million kilometers through space. These dimensions make the comet a fine target for backyard telescopes.
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It is brightening as it approaches Earth for a 1.13 AU close encounter on June 15th and 16th.
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It is brightening as it approaches Earth for a 1.13 AU close encounter on June 15th and 16th.
meh, DESTRUCTION EARTH! I wonder if it will even come close.
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run!
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Onoes! 2012 early!
    
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Is it really green?
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1.13 AU? Thats not very close at all...
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~105 million miles. Not exactly close, but not all that far relatively speaking. Especially for its size.
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run!
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Is it really green?
The atmosphere is green.

This has already been posted but from a different source. http://www.overclock.net/technology-...june-dawn.html
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