New Comet Discovered, May Outshine The Moon In 2013

September 28, 2012


According to scientists, a new comet discovered speeding past Saturn may turn out to be one of the brightest in history, possibly even outshining the moon (in brightness, not size) in late 2013/early 2014. Obviously, if that happens, I will find a wolf and laugh in its face when I catch it howling at the comet. Haha, the moon's over there, stupid! Please don't eat me.

Current orbital predictions indicate the comet will look brightest to us in the weeks just after its closest approach to the sun, on November 28, 2013--if 2012 S1 survives the experience.

As the comet comes within about 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) of the sun, the star's intense heat and gravity could cause the ice and rubble to break apart, scotching the sky show.

"While some predictions suggest it may become as bright as the full moon, and even visible during the day, one should be cautious when predicting how exciting a comet may get," Samra said.

"Some comets have been notorious for creating a buzz but failing to put on a dazzling display," he said. "Only time will tell."

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Start a cult?" Yep! And? "Convince everyone to drink the Kool-Aid so they can board the spaceship following the comet and ride it back to the homeworld." Bingo. But what are you and I gonna do? "Not drink the Kool-Aid, then empty everybody's pockets and take their wallets and jewelry." Exac-- WAIT, WHAT? But we'll miss the spaceship!

Thanks to Melissa, who, for two tips in one day, gets a gold star sticker to wear all weekend.

  • Crucial

    Too bad its not red.

  • ZomBBombeR

    I wanna be excited but the transit of venus has taught me not to be.

  • $18922249

    Time to stock up on Nikes a five spots.

    Don't get to make so many Heaven's Gate jokes anymore. ZA ZING!

  • Remember, remember the 28th of November.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I thought it was the 21st of December that we had to worry about?

  • all this technology and we "just discovered" this comet? sorry but i am not buying it..

  • $18922249

    We just discovered a new primate in Kenya, of all places. The world is a big place. Space is infinitely larger.

  • Lee

    All the `technology` is limited to around 100 telescopes in space and a handful of locations where observatories can be made on the ground.

  • Rick Thomas

    the sign of cthulhu is upon us Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn.

  • Agent 355


  • $18922249

    Yes, we will.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    no we won't. valley girls are going to save the day

  • uMinded Strikes Again

    The mother of dragons is coming!

  • Robert Van Dyke

    would that be cool if we can see it in the day time too suns like on Tatooine lol

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