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Approaching Comet C/2002 T7

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:10:16 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:47:46 -0500
Subject: Approaching Comet C/2002 T7

Hi Everyone!

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, astronomer and UFO consultant to the U.S.
Air Force, was born in 1910 when Comet Halley made a
particularly close approach to the Earth and predicted that he
would leave Earth when Comet Halley returned. Hynek died in
1986, the same year Comet Halley made its next visit to us,
although not as close to the Earth as in 1910 when we passed
through its tail.

Bright comets are very rare and possibly for this reason there
is much fascination with them. About a month ago the U.S.
'Stardust' spacecraft made a close encounter with Comet Wild 2
to take pictured of and capture some comet dust too. This
spacecraft (which has the names of some MUFON Ontario and UFO
UpDates subscribers onboard) is now on its long trip back to
Earth along with this comet dust.

Below is an announcement of another comet which may very well
turn out to be the brightest in recent years.

Nick Balaskas

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 12:56:14 -0600
From: SpaceWeather.com <swlist.nul>
To: SpaceWeather.com <swlist.nul>
Subject: Approaching Comet C/2002 T7

Spaceweather News for Feb. 15, 2004

Comet C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) is approaching Earth and brightening
every day. It's not yet a naked-eye object, but the 7th-
magnitude fuzzball is easy to see through backyard telescopes.
The comet lies not far from brilliant Venus in the western sky
after sunset.

For the next three months, the comet will continue to brighten
as it nears Earth. May 19th is the date of closest approach
(0.27 AU). At that time C/2002 T7 might glow brighter than a 1st
magnitude star--easily seen with the unaided eye. (Note: there
is considerable uncertainty about how bright this object will
become.) In May you'll have to be in the southern hemisphere to
see it easily. Now is the best time for northern hemisphere
observers to look, before the comet plunges south.

Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and images.


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