Welcome to the inner ring,K2!
But, uhm, try to miss that blue/green ball, third from the sun, OK?
The Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a picture of the farthest-away inbound comet, at a whopping 1.5 billion miles from Earth. It's a strange find. The comet – codenamed C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS, or K2 for short – has already become active. It is developing a vast 80,000-mile-wide halo of dust as its surface sublimes, despite …
In addition to wanting it to miss us, I miss seeing good comets. How bright is it expected to become as seen from earth?
I did see the impact fireball from one of the larger chunks of Shumaker-Levy 9 as the material cleared the limb of Jupiter and then fell back behind the limb, using a 8" SCT in Hawaii. The fresh dust made the planet look like it was a dented Christmass ornament half an hour or so later looking as dark as the background sky. Was lucky to be in Ewa Beach, one of the few places here without clouds that night.
Just reading the free PDF and making up shit its a hyperbolic orbit so this is the first time its got so close to the sun - its currently 60-70k and boiling off CO,O2 and N so there is a good chance it may even blow itself apart as it gets hotter. If not it will almost certainly be visible to the naked eye for people above cloud level.
Europe is in the magnetic south pole as that is why you get the north arrow in a compass pointing north. Everything I knew about the polar thing until I got corrected on this detail. Australia is in the magnetic north pole. All the maps are wrong (again).
You can find the details here.
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