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New Comet LoveJoy Discovered: Destination Unknown

 
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New Comet LoveJoy Discovered: Destination Unknown
On March 15th, Terry Lovejoy of Thornlands, Australia, discovered a new comet (C/2007 E2) in the southern constellation Indus. Remarkably, to make the find he used not a telescope but just a camera--a Canon 350D. At Lovejoy's request, John Drummund of Gisborne, New Zealand, confirmed the comet with this photo taken through a 0.41-m reflector:

[link to www.possumobservatory.co.nz]

The new comet is green, 9th-magnitude, and located approximately at right ascension 20h 42m 55s, declination -50o 43' 14" (ref: International Astronomical Union Circular 8819). A detailed ephemeris is not yet available, so it is impossible to say how bright Comet Lovejoy will become--or even which way it will go. Stay tuned for updates.

[link to spaceweather.com]
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03/17/2007 02:21 AM
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reverend lovejoy: "... and the Lord said, Whack ye all the serpents which crawl on their bellies and thy town will be a beacon unto others. So you see Lisa, even God himself endorses whacking day."
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03/17/2007 05:08 AM
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Now this I can relate to. Can you perform "In A Gadda Da Vida" on the church organ?
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03/17/2007 05:16 AM
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Simpsons episode in which Bart discovers the comet. Rev Lovejoy featured heavily.

They're playing with our heads now.
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03/17/2007 07:38 AM
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Always thought that fucking episode was sending a message!

lol
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03/17/2007 07:52 AM
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LoveJoy, what a name!
Maybe it brings just that!!!!!
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03/17/2007 09:02 AM
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LoveJoy, what a name!
Maybe it brings just that!!!!!
 Quoting: Dil 51202


Ugh!

Could be messy!
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03/17/2007 09:05 AM

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Sounds more like comet Killjoy
"is that a sears poncho or is that a real poncho?Hmm...no foolin"
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03/17/2007 09:32 AM
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we'll be OK, the rock will burn up on entry to the atmosphere and only destroy a god fearing christian's nuclear shelter!

It is written!
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03/17/2007 02:59 PM
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bump
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03/17/2007 07:46 PM
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damned
come hit us...
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03/17/2007 07:48 PM
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please hit earth...please...

let it trash the planet .. kill 1-4 billion .. and we can start over again..

maybe next time we can get it right...
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alone
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we'll be OK, the rock will burn up on entry to the atmosphere and only destroy a god fearing christian's nuclear shelter!

It is written!
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I'm getting tired of comets now

Maybe my tolerance is building up
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Ug shut the fuck up already. Quitt he doom crap about one fucking comet. Wait till the Orbital Elements come out.
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> Thank you everyone :) 2007 has been a good year with two lifetime
> astronomy goals finally achieved. The first goal was to see a
> daylight comet and the second to discover a comet - mission
> accomplished!
>
> I use 2 Digital SLR cameras to image the sky, and then process the
> images using IRIS then examine them using the blink technique on a
> computer monitor. After a very intense search effort in 2006 without
> success (one near miss with 2006M4), I had wound back my efforts in
> 2007 (partly because of 2006P1 and partly because of fatigue!). March
> 15 was only the second time this year I had done any searches in the
> morning sky. While downloading images from the camera on March 15 I
> noticed a cometary object at the edge of 16 raw images centred at RA
> 20h57m DEC -51d 18m made between 17h22m and 17h46m UT. Normally, the
> raw unprocessed images show only the brightest objects so I was very
> suprised that this could be an undiscovered comet. At first I though
> it was simply a bright deep sky object, but after processing the the
> intense telltale green hue and generally morphology strongly
> suggested comet. Additionally, when I blinked the processed images
> it showed small but clear motion. Astrometry quickly revealed no
> known object in that location. At this point I was very sure I had
> something :)
>
> The following day there was an agonising wait for cometrise (about
> midnight from my location) and I notified a number of people for
> followup observations. John Drummond being located further east had
> the first opportunity to see the comet. Sure enough John phoned me
> to confirm the existence of the comet around 11pm local time. Its
> the first time I have spoken to John and what a way to introduce
> yourself! Dan green contacted me late on March 16 UT to advise me
> that the comet had been announced, but as per standard procedure the
> comet would not be named until an orbit was calculated and it was
> determined the comet was not an existing named one.
>
> All told I estimate I have examined about 1000 image fields since
> late 2004, which would equate to about 1000 hours (it takes me 10
> minutes to actually examine an image, but there are other time
> consuming tasks like setup/development/identifying suspect objects,
> etc). Unfortunately I don't keep records on time taken and images
> examined.
>
> Rob McNaught informs me that unusually cloudy weather has severly
> hampered coverage of the Siding Springs survey. Additionally, I
> also checked SWAN this morning and the last posted image is February
> 18. Moonlight problably explained why visual observers hadn't got to
> the comet first.
>
> Here are some of my images of the comet (including the discovery set):
>
> [link to www.pbase.com]
>
> Terry
>
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it's the blue star!
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> Thank you everyone :) 2007 has been a good year with two lifetime
> astronomy goals finally achieved. The first goal was to see a
> daylight comet and the second to discover a comet - mission
> accomplished!
>
> I use 2 Digital SLR cameras to image the sky, and then process the
> images using IRIS then examine them using the blink technique on a
> computer monitor. After a very intense search effort in 2006 without
> success (one near miss with 2006M4), I had wound back my efforts in
> 2007 (partly because of 2006P1 and partly because of fatigue!). March
> 15 was only the second time this year I had done any searches in the
> morning sky. While downloading images from the camera on March 15 I
> noticed a cometary object at the edge of 16 raw images centred at RA
> 20h57m DEC -51d 18m made between 17h22m and 17h46m UT. Normally, the
> raw unprocessed images show only the brightest objects so I was very
> suprised that this could be an undiscovered comet. At first I though
> it was simply a bright deep sky object, but after processing the the
> intense telltale green hue and generally morphology strongly
> suggested comet. Additionally, when I blinked the processed images
> it showed small but clear motion. Astrometry quickly revealed no
> known object in that location. At this point I was very sure I had
> something :)
>
> The following day there was an agonising wait for cometrise (about
> midnight from my location) and I notified a number of people for
> followup observations. John Drummond being located further east had
> the first opportunity to see the comet. Sure enough John phoned me
> to confirm the existence of the comet around 11pm local time. Its
> the first time I have spoken to John and what a way to introduce
> yourself! Dan green contacted me late on March 16 UT to advise me
> that the comet had been announced, but as per standard procedure the
> comet would not be named until an orbit was calculated and it was
> determined the comet was not an existing named one.
>
> All told I estimate I have examined about 1000 image fields since
> late 2004, which would equate to about 1000 hours (it takes me 10
> minutes to actually examine an image, but there are other time
> consuming tasks like setup/development/identifying suspect objects,
> etc). Unfortunately I don't keep records on time taken and images
> examined.
>
> Rob McNaught informs me that unusually cloudy weather has severly
> hampered coverage of the Siding Springs survey. Additionally, I
> also checked SWAN this morning and the last posted image is February
> 18. Moonlight problably explained why visual observers hadn't got to
> the comet first.
>
> Here are some of my images of the comet (including the discovery set):
>
> [link to www.pbase.com]
>
> Terry
>
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Cool! Keep up the great work and thanks for posting!
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03/19/2007 03:12 PM
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bump
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[link to neo.jpl.nasa.gov]
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03/19/2007 08:44 PM
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Comet KillJoy spells doom!

ahhh
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 211275

WOW it gets closest to earth as possible!
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03/19/2007 08:45 PM
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I'm rather sick of comets, myself.
Visit my website...

[link to heidi-lore.tripod.com]

Need to email? heidilore@gmail.com

Visit the GLP video site and click on groups:

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Hey wake up folks and check the orbit simulation!!!!!
April 26 is the date if the simulation is correct.
I am not kidding!
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03/19/2007 08:50 PM
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what's going on apr 25-26. it looks right on top of earth eventhough it says 0.445 au?


[link to neo.jpl.nasa.gov]
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03/19/2007 08:52 PM
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dil, what is it?

i see apr 25-26 too. just a visual distortion, or what?
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if you move the scroll bar on the simulator at the 26th it shows it missing us by quite a bit.
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Batten down the hatches!

scared
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03/19/2007 09:06 PM
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Would you people learn how to use the fucking orbit simulations. If you could just do this one thing
all your fears would diminish.
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03/19/2007 09:17 PM
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OK the view with which the simulation is set when you go there showed a collision.
It's true that it will miss earth by about the distance of the orbit between Mars and arth.

Tho I would say that's fucking close and this time earth will run through its tail obviously.