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Comet Lulin naked-eye visible 2 weeks before closest approach!

 
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Comet Lulin naked-eye visible 2 weeks before closest approach!
Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3) is approaching Earth for a 38-million-mile close encounter on Feb. 24, 2009.

Comet Lulin is now visible to the naked eye from dark-sky sites. "This morning, Feb 6th, I noticed a faint smudge above Zubenelgenubi," reports Jeff Barton from the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus in West Texas. "I then trained my 9x63 binoculars on the fuzzy patch. Yep, nailed it! I was thrilled to finally bag Comet Lulin without optical aid."

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[link to spaceweather.com]

Begginer's question: why are the nucleus of comets perfectly spherical? I thought they were supposed to be irregular chunks of mud and ice.
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Re: Comet Lulin naked-eye visible 2 weeks before closest approach!
Comparative size/brightness:

January 24:

[link to www.spaceweather.com]

February 4:

[link to spaceweather.com]
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