Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote:perhaps that could stop Opportunitynothing else will.
Quote:Agree with rdandrea. Wouldn't want any comets / asteroids hitting planets so close to us.
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote: We do not want to see Opportunity stopped.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:If the comet strieks Mars, a lot of debris will be thrown into space, and if the spacecraft orbiting the planet fly into it, they will be destroyed. I expect the dust in the coma to be a serious threat to their solar arrays and optics, if not all of their electronics. Impacting dust graines can create strong electrical charges that could burn out electronics. An impact also would throw ejecta very far through the near vacuum of Mars' atmosphere, which may jepordize one of the rovers. I am inclined to agree with Yeomans, namely this will be a very close flyby, the closest yet ever seen between a comet and a planet. Lexells comet missed us by three million miles back in the 1700's, this one will break that record handily.
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm