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#1 Tonk

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 05:12 AM

I see that the British tabloids are spouting nonsense about 168P/Hergenrother (see - https://www.mirror.c...y-week-18946949 ).

Of course the problem is some people believe such nonsense even when the hook-you-in headline is:

"Huge comet will fly past Earth this week - and there's a chance you could see it"

 

and the write up below deflates the hook when it says:

"However, speaking to Mirror Online, Robert Massey, Deputy Director of the Royal Astronomical Society, explained that the chances of seeing it are fairly low. He said: "The problem is that no one has actually seen the comet this year, and in any case it would be pretty faint."


You just have to laugh wink.gif


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#2 james7ca

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 08:06 AM

Yes, it seems that it broke up during its last approach in 2012.

 

More info on its visibility:  http://www.astronome...org/?read=12955



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Posted 20 August 2019 - 08:09 AM

"Huge comet will fly past Earth this week (except it won't) - and there's a chance you could see it" (except you won't) lol.gif



#4 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 08:18 AM

One of their tabloids, Express I think, is saying in a headline hook we are about to be wiped out by a huge asteroid.

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 01:54 PM

That was this object - 2019 OK - passed us at 0.2 LD (Lunar Distance) on July 25, was 76m in diameter and moving at 24.5 km/s - hardly huge and it missed!

https://ssd.jpl.nasa...r=2019 OK&orb=1


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#6 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 02:21 PM

Here's a working link to the amended Mirror article on the "huge comet".

 

https://www.mirror.c...y-week-18946949



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 08:17 AM

And because of this other media outlets are publishing reports. Laugh or cry? I'll laugh.

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:04 AM

Well, this is not what I expected from the title. I expected something more like:
"Mr. Miles Nonsense of Northwest Lancashire has discovered a comet that will be a naked eye object come December."

Now I have to contain my disappointment.
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Posted 24 August 2019 - 01:41 PM

We caught this because we know a thing or two about comets. The take away here is realizing that the Mirror and it's kind are pulling this stunt in every area of news and knowledge. It's sad, but the new norm is to assume a story is hype pending corroboration from trusted third party sources.



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

Yes, I think almost all news is hype, even lots of the local news.  Depending on which radio or TV station / network or web news site you go to, you can eventually hear news you agree with, no matter what your viewpoint.   It's really hard to find the truth these days.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:33 PM

Will it be as big as the full moon like Mars was a few years ago? I missed that one too!

 

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:52 AM

Will it be as big as the full moon like Mars was a few years ago? I missed that one too!

 

FC

Mars was never that big.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was maybe half the size and I wasnt into AP at the time so I didnt get pictures but it totally happened. 



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Posted 26 August 2019 - 09:18 AM

Will it be as big as the full moon like Mars was a few years ago? I missed that one too!
 
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That was / is tabloid lies or unreasonable hype, whichever way you want to read it.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 12:35 PM

Mars was never that big.

 

It was maybe half the size and I wasnt into AP at the time so I didnt get pictures but it totally happened. 

 

 

That was / is tabloid lies or unreasonable hype, whichever way you want to read it.

That will teach FC to try and make a joke!  lol.gif 


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 07:50 AM

I suppose the headline is true - from a certain point of view....

 

- the comet was flying by earth, and

 

- if something that size came through your windshield then you might say it was “huge”. 

 

Truth bent back on itself is the opposite of truth. 



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Posted 29 August 2019 - 09:11 AM

the comet was flying by earth

 

some small bits a long long way off - the comet disintegrated last time round. That's why the head line is particularly funny as the comet has remained undetected despite some effort.




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