In case you’re trying to plan your comet-watching party a little early, Russian astronomers, Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, have discovered a faraway alien comet via the International Scientific Optical Network that is expected to be viewable on Earth by November 28, 2013.
So not this coming November, unfortunately, but at the speed of light (299 792 458 m/s) that lil’ thing should be shinin’ in no time.
This ain’t no ordinary comet, either. Nope. Once the light rays reach Earth, they will outshine a full moon‘s brightness. Which if you hadn’t noticed, a full moon is pretty darn bright. However, it won’t be until January of 2014 that we will be able to see the comet without aid (start savin’ for that ‘scope!).
Straight from the Oort Cloud, a giant space of icy objects that revolve around the Sun in the Northwest corner of Cancer, this comet’s view is supposed to be spectacular (duh). There is a chance though the whole thing could bomb like ol’ Great Comet Kohoutek back in the day, but I’m hoping to see some sort of skyporn and get overly excited about this natural skyness.
Over the past year we’ve been pretty gifted with some glowin’ natural phenomenon up there, like the lunar eclipse, the seemingly endless occurrences of double rainbows, not to mention the somewhat terrifying and apocalyptic “sky horns” seen and heard somewhere in the fields of Massachusetts, making quite an impressionable view for local onlookers.
Since way back when scientists have predicted comets en masse delivered—well, bombarded—Earth to bring us some of the most precious natural resources, billions and billions of years ago (in case you felt old!).
(via Astronomy Now; photo via MSNBC)