“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Comet Lulin approaches Earth

In the next few nights, comet Lulin can be seen in the eastern sky with the naked eye or better with binoculars. This is the comet's first visible pass near Earth. It's tail streaks normally away from the Sun and it's cloud(the size of Jupiter) glows green because it burns off cyanogen gas, diatomic carbon, and 800 gallons of water a second. Go out tonight and check it out with your kids. Here's an easy to figure out chart of when and where to look. Good luck!


Darwen Reporter Linda Preston said...

I remember seeing the Hale-Bopp comet in the late 90s. It was a fantastic sight visible for months. Weird to watch it gradually moving further and further away from earth.

Comets really encourage kids with astronomy.

ed said...

Yeah, I'm a science geek from way back. I love this stuff.