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Comet impact rumors spread on Internet; causing officials to clarify

 
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Comet impact rumors spread on Internet; causing officials to clarify
here are two sources saying impact rumors spreading and official response needed. this info at least gives an indication that many people are paying attention to this. note: both sites carry some of the same ads, for what it's worth.



NASA has dismissed several rumours about the potential danger posed by a fragmenting comet passing very close to Earth, which was recently photographed by the Hubble Telescope. The rumours have begun spreading over the Internet a little while ago, alarming people.

NASA issued information Thursday about Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which will be passing Earth as it approaches the point nearest the sun during its 5.5 year orbit.

Astronomers have been observing the comet for more than 75 years. The trajectory of this comet has been monitored and refined over time, and its path around the sun is well understood.

The comet has broken into more than 40 fragments. Any pieces resulting from the breakup of its main body will come no closer than 5.5 million miles to Earth, or more than 20 times the Earth-moon distance, during its closest approaches May 12 - 28. Neither the main comet nor any of its pieces pose a danger to Earth.

The main fragment C comet will pass closest to Earth on May 12 at a distance of approximately 7.3 million miles. It will be visible to small telescopes during the morning hours in the constellation Vulpecula.

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will observe the comet in May. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has also viewed it.

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Comet fragments in close encounter with Earth
NASA says the Earth is safe from a broken comet on May 25 despite rumors spreading across the Internet.

The Hubble space telescope took this photo of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 which has broken into about 40 pieces. The comet and its pieces are expected to pass within 5.5 million miles from the Earth between May 12 and May 28. That's 20 times the distance from the Earth to the moon. It will be visible on small telescopes.

To see a photo of the comet pieces, click here.



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FINALLY......... i was trying to tell ppl this for the longest time....

i was sick of reading all those bullshit threads up here
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yet another site with a similarly worded story on this. could be the same group of people posting this on these sites, or they could be picking up the same story:




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NASA CLARIFIES INFORMATION ON COMET APPROACH
Friday, April 28 2006 @ 11:05 AM EDT

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Information on Comet Approach Clarified by NASA


Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys took images of the disintegration of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3's fragment B.
Image Courtesy: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (APL/JHU), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

For the images shown above in a larger size, see Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.
More NASA images are available in BBSNews NASA Photos.

NASA via BBSNews - 2006-04-28 -- NASA issued information Thursday about Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which will be passing Earth as it approaches the point nearest the sun during its 5.5 year orbit.

Astronomers have been observing the comet for more than 75 years. The trajectory of this comet has been monitored and refined over time, and its path around the sun is well understood.

The comet has broken into more than 40 fragments. Any pieces resulting from the breakup of its main body will come no closer than 5.5 million miles to Earth, or more than 20 times the Earth-moon distance, during its closest approaches May 12 - 28. Neither the main comet nor any of its pieces pose a danger to Earth.

The main fragment C comet will pass closest to Earth on May 12 at a distance of approximately 7.3 million miles. It will be visible to small telescopes during the morning hours in the constellation Vulpecula. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will observe the comet in May. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has also viewed it. For images and more information about the comet, visit: Hubble.

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Comet Won't Hit Earth
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2006-04-28 14:54.

During the fall of 1995, the comet had a huge outburst in activity and shortly afterwards four separate nuclei were identified and labeled.


There will be no tsunamis, firestorms or mass extinctions to spoil your Memorial Day weekend.

Although the Internet is rife with speculation that a fragment of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will strike the Earth on May 25, neither the main comet nor any of its more than 40 fragments pose a danger to Earth.

"We are very well acquainted with the trajectory of Comet 73P Schwassmann-Wachmann 3," said Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office. "There is absolutely no danger to people on the ground or the inhabitants of the International Space Station, as the main body of the object and any pieces from the breakup will pass many millions of miles beyond the Earth."

None of the comet's fragments will come closer than 5.5 million miles to Earth during its closest approaches May 12 - 28. That's more than 20 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

The main fragment, designated fragment C, will pass closest to Earth on May 12 at a distance of approximately 7.3 million miles. It will be visible to small telescopes during the morning hours in the constellation Vulpecula. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will observe the comet in May.

Astronomers have been observing the comet for more than 75 years. The trajectory of this comet has been monitored and refined over time, and its path around the sun is well understood. Amateur and professional astronomers around the world have been tracking its spectacular disintegration for years.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (APL/JHU), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

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NASA Says Calm Down, Comet Will Miss Earth
Fragments of the comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will come no closer than 5.5 million miles to Earth next month, say NASA astronomers, hoping to end growing speculation of gloom and doom.
Predictions of disasters ranging from Earth-impact to killer tsunamis and mass extinctions have been orbiting the Internet in relation to the comet’s trip by the Earth just before Memorial Day.

Now broken into more than 40 chunks by the Sun’s gravity, the comet has been watched by astronomers for over 75 years, so the exact path of its orbit is well understood.

According to NASA, the largest fragment of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will pass within about 7.3 million miles of Earth on May 12 and will be visible to small telescopes. Look for the comet in the morning hours in the constellation Vulpecula.

About Guide to Space Nick Green confirms that we are in no danger and provides more details on 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3.

Also See:
NASA On Watch for Killer Asteroids
Congressional Protection from Celestial Armageddon?

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