‘COVID-19 Comet’ The Nickname For C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Which Could Light Up The Skies In May — As The Virus …
With luck, the ‘COVID-19 Comet‘ will be a distraction. A heavenly sign that things are coming to an end.
Whatever, there is no other apropos name for this comet, C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS). It has to be the COVID-19 Comet.
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We have had a couple more since that failed to deliver on their promise.
C/2019 Y4 is currently around the orbit of Mars.
In a month’s time it will be getting close to us as the top diagram shows.
I will keep you posted. Promise.
Happy Spring Equinox 2020.
[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]
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I also share with you “Spring“.
Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2020 Spring Equinox.
Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.
From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.
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Use link below for original.
Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).
This is the earliest it has been in the US in 124 years.
The key here, however, is ‘US’. It is still March 20 in Greenwich — and to us astronomers that is good enough.
Rather convoluted explanation as to why it is this early. If you really want to know, here is a link.
But note, it will again be March 19 — in the US — in 4-years. Yes, that it is also a LEAP YEAR does have a bearing.
As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’.
Just got in from walking the dogs. WOW. The night sky is bright and CRISP. Haven’t seen it this vivid in a longtime and I go out, at night, MULTIPLE times, including a 20-minute walk around 11pm.
Sirius was very noticeable below Orion. Sirius, is the Dog Star — the brightest star in the night sky. It is actually brighter than Jupiter. This serious brightness of Sirius is due to two factors: it is relatively nearby and it is big — twice as big as the Sun. It is 8.6 light years away. So what we are seeing now is what Sirius was doing 8 years 7 months ago.
On the other side of Orion, impossible to miss, shining bright is Venus.
A few months ago, the bright light was Jupiter. Now, in March, Jupiter has become a MORNING planet. I do not see anything in the morning sky. I try NOT to wake up much before 8:30am. It is NOT civilized or right to do so earlier. I need my sleep, thank you.
In the Winter, in New Hampshire, I see Orion in the night sky whenever it is cloudfree.
I have been checking on Betelgeuse. It would be quite something to see a Supernova.
I go out, at night, walking, TWICE a night. So, if it is cloudfree, I can observe the heavens.
I too had noticed that Betelgeuse had got brighter, and more orange, in the last few days.
Then, I started seeing the media reports. So, I was not alone.
Just wanted to keep you in the loop. Go out and look up. It is quite the sight.
I take the dogs out for their evening constitution around 6:20pm. We see this sight to the West. Wanted to share with you. Just in case you were wondering. It is too bright to be a star. More to the East, and less bright (because it is smaller) you will have Saturn. OK? Enjoy.
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I saw this on my Google News feed and had to share it with you.
Brilliant. Mesmerizing. Kudos. Bravo. THANK YOU.
Definite leap forward from the older map provided by NASA.
I do NOT in any way want to be churlish but given my passion for dwarf planets and comets I have to contend that this does NOT go far enough. It stops at the Kuiper Belt. The Solar System goes much, much further.
There is the ‘Scattered Disc’ for the start and the ‘Oort Cloud‘. See diagram below. But, this map is still BRILLIANT. I love it.
Check Category ‘Astronomy‘.