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GREEN COMET LEMMON: 2013 could be the Year of the Comet
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1184401:MV8yMTIxNjY2XzM1Nzk1MDI3X0U1NDNCRDQ1] seems like a lot of comets in 2013 i hope we don't get any plasma discharges [/quote]
Discovered on March 23rd 2012 by the Mount Lemmon survey in Arizona, Comet Lemmon is on an elliptical orbit with a period of almost 11,000 years. This is its first visit to the inner solar system in a very long time. The comet is brightening as it approaches the sun; light curves suggest that it will reach 2nd or 3rd magnitude, similar to the stars in the Big Dipper, in late March when it approaches the sun at about the same distance as Venus (0.7 AU). Northern hemisphere observers will get their first good look at the comet in early April; until then it is a target exclusively for astronomers in the southern hemisphere.
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