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Old Apr 11 2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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March 24, 2006: In 1995, Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 did something unexpected: it fell apart. For no apparent reason, the comet's nucleus split into at least three "mini-comets" flying single file through space. Astronomers watched with interest, but the view was blurry even through large telescopes. "73P" was a hundred and fifty million miles away.
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We're about to get a much closer look. In May 2006 the fragments are going to fly past Earth closer than any comet has come in more than twenty years.

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Cool huh!
I know that I for one will be out watching it. Was trying to sell my telescope but will not be doing so until after this event!
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Old Apr 11 2006, 02:35 PM   #2
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Cool! I doubt I'll be able to see it though - I'm lucky I can see the moon with my dinky little telescope. Besides, I'd have to try to time it so the lights in the courtyard wouldn't be blocking my view yet.
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Cool indeed. Thanks for that tidbit, Plat
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This was indeed very interesting Plat, thank you for sharing this with all of us.
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If only I had a telescope!
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Ooooh! I can hardly wait for that! Since I'm such an early bird anyhow, and we live well enough out in the country to avoid light polution, there's a good chance I could get to see this! Thanks for the info Plat!
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*Takes a note*

My nephew just got a telescope for Christmas last year. He rarely usues it. We live in a small Texas town, far enough frmo the town itsleft ot not have interference with the town nights. Sometimes its so clear that you feel you can reach out and grab a star. The full moons are wonderful, making everything in shades of black, gray and silver. I can see the man on the moon with the naked eye out here...imagine what I could see with an assist.

Too bad I wont have a picture....

Wait....that gives me an idea. I'm only about 5 hours from the mcdonald observatory....hmmmm

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ooohhhh....
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Will have to make a note of this... always liked astronomy.Kayleigh and I have special memories surrounding some events.

Hopefully either schools or the Museum and Science center will sponsor a watch.

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Can we all see it?
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