Four comets in one night

Desert Gypsy's picture, 11/5/13, Deborah Byrd

View larger. | Zlatan Merakov, who is a friend on EarthSky Facebook,  captured these images of four comets visible now in Earth's night sky.  Thank you, Zlatan!

The thing is, on every day of every week of every month of every year since the formation of the solar system, all those billions of years ago, there have been comets drifting around and passing Earth. They are always there, ALWAYS there, out in space. They’re as natural a part of our world as the planets, clouds and kittens. Astronomers who observe the sky don’t get excited about comets because there are so many of the damned things! It’s like a birdspotter getting excited about blackbirds, or thrushes.

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Close Encounters: Comet Ison

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Waking Times-10/20/13, Julie Umpleby

Flickr - Comet Ison - UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The space-weather community is abuzz with Comet Ison, dubbed by many as ‘The Comet of the Century’.  As it travels deeper into our solar system en route to a close encounter with our sun later in November there are many watching with intense interest.

As some spectacular images of this significantly sized comet emerge (the comet nucleus is estimated to be anywhere between 0.5km – 4km in diameter), we would be wise to bear in mind the electrical nature of comets and the potential implications of its encounter with the sun. Far from being huge chunks of ice, comets are in fact more like asteroids and are highly electrically charged, with the nucleus acting as a charge capacitor. This often very high electric charge interferes with the plasma sheath of the sun, most often resulting in an outburst of plasma from the solar surface, a Coronal Mass Ejection.

Orionid Meteor Shower

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Orionid meteor shower radiant

The Orionid radiant at 05:00 UT (04:00 BST) in the UK on the morning of October 21st looking south.

With a usual maximum of up 20 meteors per hour the Orionids are sand-grain sized remnants of Halley's comet, seen as they burn up in the upper atmosphere. In 2013 a waning gibbous moon will be in the sky and spoil the view somewhat. However Orionid meteors tend to be bright.

It is best to look away from the radiant as Orionid meteors will appear in any part of the sky, but they appear to originate from a point above and left the bright star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion the hunter. The distinctive shape of Orion will be seen in the southeastern sky early in the early morning.

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Massive Star Explosion Seeded the Early Solar System, Meteorite Study Suggests

Desert Gypsy's picture - 10/12/13, Charles Q. Choi

GFP Note: Comets and meteors  are celestial bodies which carry coded and seeded information.

Comet Ison is carrying New Earth CO- Creation Codes

The oldest documented supernova, called RCW 86, was witnessed by Chinese astronomers in 185 A.D.

The explosive death of a star seeded matter into the solar system soon after its birth, analysis of a meteorite now reveals.

Meteorites contain some of the oldest material in the solar system, dating back to its formation. As such, researchers often analyze these objects in order to discover what materials were present when the sun, Earth and other planets were born. This study sheds light on where these solar system bodies might have come from.

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Two large fireballs spotted over the skies of Ohio, USA (video)

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The Watchers, 9/29/13, Adonai

Two very bright fireballs were spotted and recorded over the skies of Ohio, USA, in just two days. They quickly became 2nd and 3rd most reported events of all time on the American Meteor Society (AMS) website.

Witnesses from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin reported a bright light moving across the morning sky on September 26, 2013. AMS has received more than 730 reports of this large fireball seen around 11:05 UTC (7:05 am local time)

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