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Green Comet To Pass By Earth Next Week

By Wyatt Earp | February 18, 2009


Kickass! I cannot wait until I get superpowers like Claire Bennet!

WASHINGTON — An odd, greenish backward-flying comet is zipping by Earth this month, as it takes its only trip toward the sun from the farthest edges of the solar system.

The comet is called Lulin, and there’s a chance it can be seen with the naked eye — far from city lights, astronomers say. But you’ll most likely need a telescope, or at least binoculars, to spot it.

The best opportunity is just before dawn one-third of the way up the southern sky. It should be near Saturn and two bright stars, Spica and Regula.

On Monday at 10:43 p.m. EST, it will be 38 million miles from Earth, the closest it will ever get, according to Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near Earth Object program. (H/TFOXNews)

There’s a photo of the green comet with the FOX article, but I found a better one on the internet. It’s below the fold:


Topics: Coolness!, Heroes | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “Green Comet To Pass By Earth Next Week”

  1. Glocksman Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    With your luck, it’ll be more like Night of the Comet, and you and Rosie O’Donnell will be the last two survivors on Earth.

    Of course I’ll be your duty to ‘repopulate the planet’. :p

  2. Kim Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    You are evil! I was hoping for a really cool picture of a comet, not a picture of Comet! But then I should know better by now with you.

    May Glocksman’s prediction come true!

  3. Glocksman Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Wyat, you really need a preview function or a short term edit so’s I can fix my typos. :)
    That said, one line from Night of the Comet is one we all can appreciate.

    When the two teenage sisters first had to fight off the zombies, the cheerleader blonde said ‘Daddy would have gotten us Uzis’. :D

    ‘Daddy’ was a Special Forces officer.

  4. Old NFO Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    LOL- that’s a gotcha!!!

  5. RT Says:
    February 18th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I thought I was the only one to watch Night of the Comet.

    That would be an adequate can of eye bleach when needed.

  6. Bloviating Zeppelin Says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Perhaps that explains the third arm beginning to grow out of my sternum. Or is it the thalidomide?


  7. Doghouse Says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    They’re lying, I’ve seen green clouds of gas on this planet before. Especially after a big dinner of red beans and rice.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 19th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Glocksman – Thank you. The unending vomit will help me lose weight.

    Kim – Heh, I thought someone would really expect a photo of the comet.

    Old NFO – I do what I can.

    RT – Just pour it in and add water!

    BZ – That just means you can drink and type at the same time. It’s practically a blessing!

    Doghouse – Taco Bell could not be reached for comment.