Possible viewing of a comet June 12 & 13  

juju34single 46F
155 posts
6/8/2005 2:57 am

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Possible viewing of a comet June 12 & 13

Some of this might be technical, but the whole thing is interesting, incase anyone can see it.

Mostly viewable in the southern hemisphere, but from what I read here, it is most likely going to be somewhat visible to those of us in the more northern areas too.

The article is following this, technical and all.

The weird thing is that there is a 7 day time frame, where if we (Earth's orbit) was 7 days slower, our planet's path would have intersected with this comet.
Kinda scary?

There exists a small possibility that the Earth may encounter debris from
the newly discovered comet P/2005 JQ5 (Catalina). Mikail Maslov writes in

"Its orbit seems to be quite interesting because it lies close to the
Earth's one. In 2005 apparition ascending node of the comet is at 0.090 AU
inside the Earth's orbit. The Earth passes closest to it on 01.07.2005. But
orbital inclination of the comet is low - only 5.679 deg. So the minimal
distance between two orbits is almost 4 times lower (0.024 AU) and
corresponds to 12-13.06.2005. In 2005 the Earth will pass this point only
about 7 days before the comet. In general, even 0.024 AU is still quite
large to expect any significant activity (also, the comet is very small -
absolute magnitude is only 17.5). Intensity of dust ejection of this comet
should be about 100 times lower than of, say, 21P Giacobiny-Zinner.

Any meteors from this
radiant would be very slow (Vg=16 km/s). Radiant culminates at 0:15 local
time and is more favorable for southern hemisphere, but in northern one
observations are also very possible."

The position for this radiant lies in extreme northwestern Scorpius. The
closest bright stars lie four degrees to the northeast (Delta and Epsilon
Ophiuchi, aka "Yeds". If your skies are clear on the night of June 12/13, I
encourage you to view the southern skies for any possible activity from this

Just thought I would pass this on to anyone that loves the sky as much as I do.

CuteAZguy27 39M
1545 posts
6/8/2005 5:19 am

indeed very technical, yet interesting, I work graveyards those nights of the 12/13 (Sun/Mon)so throughout the night i will definetly be looking to the skies to see if i can spot something. Thank you !

HughJarse2000 47M

6/8/2005 6:03 am

Yeah. Love a good star gaze. And I live in Sydney !!!
Will check the press nearer the time and have a good look for you, though may have to take a drive out of town. Will keep you posted

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
6/8/2005 6:37 am

Oh cool I'm going to borrow my brothers telescope everyone will be here for the wedding still then MIDNIGHT SNACKS whoooooooo hoooooooooo haven't done this since Hally comet (or however it is spelt) bugger bed time the kids are gonna see this!


NewJackSwing 43M

6/8/2005 2:12 pm

I wasn't even aware of that!

I love star gazing at night before I go to bed and most particularily like to do it out in the back of my old high school when they turn the lights off at night (usually around 1am). You can really get some nice views despite the light of the gas station not that far off.

And I look forward to the meteor shower every year too!

juju34single 46F

6/8/2005 2:26 pm

I know. This is going to be a real treat if I get to see it.
I forgot what the comet's name was, but it was within the last 10 years, but it wasn't Halley's comet. I would have LOVED to see that one.
It was cool, because it was like someone put a stickie in the sly of an image. It looked like it was in suspended animation, but geez, it was fecking beautiful!
I sat out as long as I could bear the mosquitoes trying to fly away with me.

Should I also post when I get info on solar flares to let people know when the Northern Lights, or Southern Borealis might be showing?
I love those shows far better than a movie, especially if there is someone to ooh and ahh with. wicked sexy little grin

AmberSolaire 42M

6/8/2005 4:36 pm

Walks off into blogland head in clouds and wondering what a wicked sexy little grin looks like by moonlight.

expatbrit49 62M

6/8/2005 5:37 pm

Holly Cow Wyvern you and Tala better make sure you have your umbrellas with you just in case.

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

juju34single 46F

6/8/2005 9:19 pm

Well, for you, Amber, it would involve eyes and a smile.
To me, if a smile is reflected (in moonlight WhOoT!) in the eyes, then it is a real smile.

juju34single 46F

6/8/2005 9:20 pm

...grins though, even better!

juju34single 46F

6/17/2005 2:30 am

It was cloudy, so I couldn't see anything.

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