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Hey you guys seeing this.. look west and up a few degrees.

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Looks like a comet and the tail is behind it or at a slight angle..I just noticed it a few mins ago. Thought it was Mars or Venus. Damn thing looks like it's coming our way. lol
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    Just found it on the internet..not going to hit but it will be visible to everyone for several day. It was on the Dailymail.co.uk
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8171245/Mysterious-comet-TWICE-size-Jupiter-set-light-night-sky.html

    dont worry about such stuff, we can get hit any time, will be completely wiped out without warning and cant do anything about it...now go and enjoy your life.


    people should worry a lot more about that pizza they shove into their faces than a comet...


    Edited by Nemesis7884 on April 1, 2020 2:57AM
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8171245/Mysterious-comet-TWICE-size-Jupiter-set-light-night-sky.html

    dont worry about such stuff, we can get hit any time, will be completely wiped out without warning and cant do anything about it...now go and enjoy your life.


    people should worry a lot more about that pizza they shove into their faces than a comet...


    Hey, if it's a comet, at least be glad you can see the pretty lights before it destroys everything.
    If we ever get hit head on by a gamma ray burst, it's already too late by the time we notice and we wouldn't even had the chance to party one last time.
    Or worse yet, vacuum decay! If the vacuum is not stable and has a lower energy state to jump to, it will do so eventually and cause surrounding space to follow, starting a chain reaction that's propagating at the speed of light through the universe and unlike with a gamma ray burst, which we could in theory avoid by flying out of its trajectory and come back later, no place is safe from the decaying space and there never will be afterwards either, because the laws of physics would have different values wherever it happened, making life as we know it almost certainly impossible.

    Stuff that keeps you up at night :D
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    Man is mortal, but that's just half the trouble. Moreover, sometimes man is unexpectedly mortal. Some recent meteors threatened with a possible destruction of some entire cities but were not identified neither by civil observatories nor by any military air defense systems of any country. Thus you never know a 2200 lb meteor approaching until you see it flying above yourself.. If only that glowing orb of light is a meteor actually, since these times it can turn out to be almost anything.
    Edited by Aigym_Hlervu on April 1, 2020 4:32AM
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    Saturn and Pluto are the earth's bouncers, they eat most comets and meteors with their grav pull, some get by to get eaten up by the sun, and then their is the earths atmosphere itself that burns up anything but the largest. If it wasn't for mighty pluto running that tank build we would have been wiped long ago. Atlas, this comet, will pass at about 72 million miles away, will be best to see in sky early may.
    Edited by Paidkilla on April 1, 2020 4:30AM
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    Paidkilla wrote: »
    Saturn and Pluto are the earth's bouncers, they eat most comets and meteors with their grav pull, some get by to get eaten up by the sun, and then their is the earths atmosphere itself that burns up anything but the largest. If it wasn't for mighty pluto running that tank build we would have been wiped long ago. Atlas, this comet, will pass at about 72 million miles away, will be best to see in sky early may.

    Don't forget the Off Tanks Jupiter and Uranus.

    Also how the hell does a Comet FIVE TIMES the size of a gas giant exist?
    Edited by ArchMikem on April 1, 2020 5:05AM
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    Paidkilla wrote: »
    Saturn and Pluto are the earth's bouncers, they eat most comets and meteors with their grav pull, some get by to get eaten up by the sun, and then their is the earths atmosphere itself that burns up anything but the largest. If it wasn't for mighty pluto running that tank build we would have been wiped long ago. Atlas, this comet, will pass at about 72 million miles away, will be best to see in sky early may.

    if it's nearest distance to earth is really 72 million miles. that is about 0.77 astronomical units and nothing to worry about. For those living in the southern hemisphere, it can't be seen on it's approach to the sun from there - we have to wait until it has surrounded the sun.
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    You must be soft in the head to believe this on April the first. Five times the mass of Jupiter inside Mars' orbit. Jesus...
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    Its amazing how big the galaxy is out there and all this stuff going on in it, then you have a spec of dust planet in a small solar system with apes on it fighting over money, and living through phones, We have not been visited yet cause we are actually so tiny, we could be impossible to find in the grand scheme of things.
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    No not the mass-- the SIZE is five times the size of Jupiter and nearly half the size of the Sun. But that is misleading, because it isn't the size of the solid body they're talking about, but instead the size of the gaseous body which has formed around the comet's solid body as it's heated up by the Sun.
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    Paidkilla wrote: »
    Its amazing how big the galaxy is out there and all this stuff going on in it, then you have a spec of dust planet in a small solar system with apes on it fighting over money, and living through phones, We have not been visited yet cause we are actually so tiny, we could be impossible to find in the grand scheme of things.

    No one is going to visit us - and that is good that way, because if nature tells me anything then that what would be coming isn't likely to be any friendly at all. If anything would be likely to visit, it is more likely to be a machine race invented by some biological lifeform before they went extinct - and that would be even worse.
    Edited by Lysette on April 1, 2020 5:26AM
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    Ah yes yes, a Jest for the Jester's Festival.

    Really thinking about it, a Comet half the size of the freakin Sun would engulf the planet as it passed by.
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    ArchMikem wrote: »
    Ah yes yes, a Jest for the Jester's Festival.

    Really thinking about it, a Comet half the size of the freakin Sun would engulf the planet as it passed by.

    No,the sun is just about 1.4 million km in diameter - that is not even 1/100 of an AU - and Atlas is said to pass at a distance of 0.77 AU.
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    Ratzkifal wrote: »
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8171245/Mysterious-comet-TWICE-size-Jupiter-set-light-night-sky.html

    dont worry about such stuff, we can get hit any time, will be completely wiped out without warning and cant do anything about it...now go and enjoy your life.


    people should worry a lot more about that pizza they shove into their faces than a comet...


    Hey, if it's a comet, at least be glad you can see the pretty lights before it destroys everything.
    If we ever get hit head on by a gamma ray burst, it's already too late by the time we notice and we wouldn't even had the chance to party one last time.
    Or worse yet, vacuum decay! If the vacuum is not stable and has a lower energy state to jump to, it will do so eventually and cause surrounding space to follow, starting a chain reaction that's propagating at the speed of light through the universe and unlike with a gamma ray burst, which we could in theory avoid by flying out of its trajectory and come back later, no place is safe from the decaying space and there never will be afterwards either, because the laws of physics would have different values wherever it happened, making life as we know it almost certainly impossible.

    Stuff that keeps you up at night :D

    Hey, don't forget atmosphere evaporation ! There isn't a magical limit to our atmosphere, thermodynamics and gradients dictate that the vacuum of space slowly evaporates our atmosphere into the dark. Over time, Earth is losing its atmosphere, very slowly of course, but it happens nonetheless. So in the long run, we simply won't have any sufficient atmosphere to breath, and in the end, no atmosphere at all. All that without even having to be hit by a comet or a gamma burst, it's just the normal workings of the universe.

    Have a good day while you still can :D
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    Lysette wrote: »
    ArchMikem wrote: »
    Ah yes yes, a Jest for the Jester's Festival.

    Really thinking about it, a Comet half the size of the freakin Sun would engulf the planet as it passed by.

    No,the sun is just about 1.4 million km in diameter - that is not even 1/100 of an AU - and Atlas is said to pass at a distance of 0.77 AU.

    Also, a comet is extremely cold, it wouldn't "engulf" anything. Can't say much about gravitational waves for a thing this big, we might feel a tremor or twelve.
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    "Gravitational waves" *throws back head and laughs*
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    So far in 2020 we've had the threat of WW3, the fires in Australia, and then COVID-19... Yeah, that thing is going to destroy us.
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    It's obvious that some people are replying in this thread without having bothered to search for any information first. :(

    This comet-- Comet ATLAS-- has been known of since last year, and has been mentioned in the news before April 1. It is not some kind of crazy April Fool's joke.

    The solid portion of the comet ("nucleus") is thought to be fairly small, I think (right now I can't find the estimate that I'd read last night). But the atmosphere or gaseous body which has formed around it ("coma") has become quite large-- which (going by what the science sites say) is not as uncommon as one might think. At least two comets in "recent" times are said to have had comas as large as, or larger than, the Sun-- one was the Great Comet of 1811, whose coma may have grown to be 50% larger than the Sun; and another was Comet Holmes in 2007, whose coma briefly expanded to be larger than the Sun after an explosive outburst. It isn't known whether Comet ATLAS will explode as it heats up, but it is not uncommon for a comet to have explosive outbursts of gas as it's warmed by the Sun.

    When you consider that gravity is what holds a celestial body's atmosphere close to it, and that most comets have rather small nuclei which don't exert much gravitational pull, it should be easier to understand how a comet's coma can become so much larger than its nucleus.
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