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.

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