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#1 ILikePluto

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:24 PM

Here it is.

#2 Motokid600

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:18 AM

I have high hopes for this comet. Crossing my fingers hoping it stays in one piece. 700,000 miles from the surface of the sun at its closest pass... Did I read that right? If so that's... really close. What are the chances this thing will survive such a close passage?

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:23 AM

Well, it's going close enough that the sun's tidal effect will be larger than its own gravity. So if it is a loose rubble pile, it's going to fall apart. If it is a solid frozen block, it will probably stay together. Depends on how well its structurally held together. :shrug:

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