Wow. We know that collisions are not uncommon in the Asteroid Belt and much of what we find in that clutter of rocks is the aftermath of millions, if not billions, of collisions going back at least a couple of billion years. We just never get to see them. Asteroids are small.
Well, this looks like the aftermath of one heck of a collision. Check it out. Interesting.
Check Category ‘Astronomy’.
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Comet C/2018 V1 ( Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto )
Discovered: November 7, 2018 (yes, just last week).
Discoverers: One is Arizona (Donald E. Machholz, Jr.) & two in Japan (Shigehisa Fujikawa & Masayuki Iwamoto). You can find more here. Hence the name which credits all three.
C/2018 V1 is much more of a CLASSIC comet than our current ‘Christmas Comet of 2018‘, i.e., 46P/Wirtanen. That is why it has a ‘C/’ designation while the other is a ‘P/’. The ‘P/’ denotes that 46P/Wirtanen is a PERIODIC comet — one that swings around the sun on a regular basis (like a commuter). The ‘C/’, on the other hand, means that is a NON-PERIODIC. It means that this comet has not been previously seen in the last 200-years. Typically it means that it is a FIRST TIME visitor from far, far out in the Solar System, ideally from the Oort Cloud, the incubator of most comets at the very edge of our Solar System.
So, we are assuming it is a FRESH comet, with a lot of frozen matter that will sublimate as the comet gets closer and closer to the Sun. That is what makes it visible, gives it a tail and with luck makes it spectacular. Right now it is touch and go. Viewed through a powerful telescope you can already see a blue tail — that color indicating the presence of ionized Carbon Monoxide (CO+).
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018 it will be at its closest to Earth — 62 million miles. Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) that could have been the GREAT COMET of 2013 would have been 40 million miles. So, C/2018 V1 will be 22 million miles further out. BUT, unlike ISON it will make it around the Sun. That is a given. It is NOT a sungrazer. Actually it doesn’t get very close to the Sun! As you can see from the above diagram it does not even cross Mercury’s orbit.
Right now it is BORDERLINE — but shows more promise than 46P.
I will keep you posted. This was a BIG heads up.
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I got the download when I connected it to my Windows PC, via USB, to charge it up.
I can’t find anything about this update on the Web — BUT it is on my watch.
So, just wanted to give you a heads up.
Download and install was pretty fast. Had to restart the watch.
I just got the November 2018 issue today and only had time to quickly scan through the article and BEAUTIFUL photos.
It is a topic dear to my heart since I have seen, first hand, this year, as to what is happening to TRIBAL LANDS.
The “Bad Ol’ Days” are back again with the Indians, yet again, with their backs to the wall.
My concern was what was happening at Canyon de Chelly.
The NatG article is mainly about Utah and “Bears Ears“.
Please try to read this article. Hence, this post. Thank YOU.