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PhilHerring
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Next Halley apparition
      #5744131 - 03/19/13 10:15 PM

I'm looking forward to it. I'll be 100 years old, but hey, I come from a long-lived family!

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: PhilHerring]
      #5744884 - 03/20/13 11:05 AM

If I'm still alive in 2061, I will be 95 years old and probably too decrepit to be outside in the cold looking at it. I'll be long gone before Halley's returns.

Taras


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Achernar]
      #5744886 - 03/20/13 11:08 AM

ill be 76 unfortunately. I probably wouldnt know a comet from my home planet at that point....(Alzheimers)

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Lew Zealand
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Achernar]
      #5744896 - 03/20/13 11:12 AM

I'll be 90, which means I'll have outlived everyone in the previous 4 generations of my extended family. Not gonna happen— a shame as I didn't see it in '86. However, Mrs. Zealand comes from a collection of 90+ people so she may see it after all and considering that she saw it in '86, she'll probably end up +2 viewing Halley's Comet vs. myself.

OTOH, I've seen Pan-STARRS and she hasn't yet…


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Lew Zealand]
      #5744910 - 03/20/13 11:23 AM

I'll also be 100. Hopefully they will be offering luxury space cruises to go see it from close up by then. The buffet on those space cruises is going to be awesome!

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: tigerroach]
      #5744918 - 03/20/13 11:27 AM

I'll be 90. If previous generation's longevity is any indication, I have good odds of living that long assuming Alzheimer's doesn't get me first.

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: StarmanDan]
      #5744985 - 03/20/13 11:58 AM

OK this is on my calendar . . . only be 114, so a snap!

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5745177 - 03/20/13 01:44 PM

I knew the last appearance would be it for me. I would be 108. Considering my heart trouble now I have my goal set on making it to the 2024 total eclipse. I will be 71 and at my home I will get one minute of totality.
For all you whippersnappers don,t think 75 or 80 means you will be crippled up or have alzheimers. Most people don't get alzheimers and many that age could set up a scope.
Clear skies and clean glass,
Mike


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Unknownastron]
      #5745191 - 03/20/13 01:49 PM

If it's no better than the last apparition (1986?), it won't be worth the wait.

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Seldom]
      #5745286 - 03/20/13 02:35 PM

110 years old in 2061.
Doubtful......

Something that I hope that the contemporary crop of astronomers at that time will enjoy.


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5745308 - 03/20/13 02:48 PM

Unfortunately, we were born too late for the spectacular Halley's appearance back in 1910, when both its close proximity and favorable trajectory and timing made it a brilliant, vividly memorable spectacle to all who saw it, such as my maternal grandmother who saw it as a teenage girl in pre-light pollution small-town skies. She often spoke of it on starry summer evenings as we sat out in lawn chairs in her yard when I was a child. The next one in 2061 will be much better (zero magnitude) than the last one in 1986, which was the poorest and most distant since the comet has been noted in historical record. For another one rivaling the 1910 apparition, you'll have to live until its 2134 return, when it will pass only 8.4 million miles from earth.

Edited by FirstSight (03/20/13 02:50 PM)


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buddyjesus
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5745314 - 03/20/13 02:51 PM

lucky me will be 86. missed the last one so happy to have a second chance

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Red Shift]
      #5745316 - 03/20/13 02:52 PM

Quote:

110 years old in 2061.
Doubtful......

Something that I hope that the contemporary crop of astronomers at that time will enjoy.




I would be 113... Not planning on seeing Halley's comet again unless I happen to pass it on my way out of this place.

Jon


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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5745421 - 03/20/13 03:36 PM

I'll be 90. So...maybe, I guess. Dad is still going strong at 79 - yeah, that's a long 11 years. All I know is, if I'm alive and have my faculties, I'll be out looking at it again.

But, am I the only one on Earth who really enjoyed the 1985/86 apparition? So it wasn't daylight visible, it was still a really nice comet. I had some wonderful early morning views in March where it was a bright naked eye object that extended a dozen degrees or more. I got some very nice photos of the comet.

It wasn't as good as Hale-Bopp. Is that the big criticism? There have been several threads lately where people are griping about Halley's last appearance. Seems odd to me.


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GeneT
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: PhilHerring]
      #5745680 - 03/20/13 05:12 PM

Hopefully, I'll be watching it from above.

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james867
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: GeneT]
      #5745800 - 03/20/13 05:54 PM

I was very little and someone did try to show me Halley's comet but I couldn't see it.I did see Hale-Bopp and recently Panstarrs and I'm excited about the one this November.I have a slightly better chance of seeing Halley next time around than I do of seeing Hale-Bopp again.I'm not going to get my hopes up because I may check the weather in 48 years when Halley approaches and its going to rainy and cloudy all week.

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: james867]
      #5745891 - 03/20/13 06:32 PM

If you have not read it, there is a marvelous Mark Twain short story titled "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit To Heaven," something of a humorous philosophical musing on the afterlife. As most people know, Twain "came in with Halley's Comet and went out with it," dying in 1910. He was quite concious of his connection to the comet and in this story he creates a fun scene of the recently departed Captain Stormfield, aboard a vast celestial sailing ship bound for heaven, racing alongside a comet for a time. It's a great read for the religious and the skeptic alike.

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5746107 - 03/20/13 08:06 PM

If I recall correctly, the 2061 pass will be a very good one. I'll be 94 and have an outside shot at making it (genetically).

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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5746386 - 03/20/13 09:54 PM

By 2061 I'll probably be lying in a box below the local horizon with my trusty snow shovel. Although it might be fine to be 109. Who knows?

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Dennis_S253
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Re: Next Halley apparition new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5746396 - 03/20/13 09:59 PM

I usually live one day at a time. Why would I think about something 48 years away?

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