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My Astronomer Friend, Philip Corneille, FRAS, Visiting The Famed Greenwich Observatory (As In GMT Fame etc.)

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Philip Corneille, FRAS, collaborated with me on my
Comet ISON books.


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We Start 2014 With An Asteroid, AA 2014, Discovered Just Hours Before, Hitting Earth’s Atmosphere!

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Let Philip Corneille, FRAS, who collaborated with me on my
Comet ISON books tell you the story in his words:

Click to access his blog post. Use Google translate. Enjoy.

Click to access his blog post. Use Google translate. Enjoy.


Philip also send me this link which has more background information:

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Click to access.


Today, Boxing Day, December 26, 2013 Would Have Been Comet ISON’s Closest Approach to Earth IF It Had Survived …

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Shooting Stars Over New Hampshire The Next Few ‘Nights’. Very Active Geminid Meteor Shower Peaking December 13 – 14, 2013.

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including possible one, soon, from Comet ISON.

Where to look for the Geminids — over New Hampshire.

Jupiter is right there to help you.

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NASA created orbital map of 39 Geminid 2013 major shooting stars
seen over the last few days.

Earth is the small blue dot at 1 o’clock.
The bigger yellow blob is the Sun.

All the debris, left behind by the asteroid,
is, of course, following the asteroid’s
orbital path around the Sun.

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Comet ISON Still Has One Surprise Left! A Ghostly Goodbye In Mid-January 2014. A Comet ISON Meteor Shower. The Last Hurrah.

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Just because it went POOF doesn’t mean it didn’t leave its mark.

It left millions and millions of miles of dust and debris in its wake
— along the path it followed towards its fateful
tryst with the Sun.

That it had a 20 – 30% chance of going POOF was always on the cards.

I had covered it, in my 5 possible perihelion scenarios,
in all my ISON books.

We also knew that the Earth would cross Comet ISON’s INBOUND trail in mid-January 2014.

That will still happen.

That should produce a meteor shower of some form.

That is a given. Laws of physics.

We will cut across the dust and debris it left behind.

Nearly all meteor showers have to do with Earth crossing the debris trail left behind by a comet.
We have talked about that before. So this is NOT magic.

I will, of course, keep you appraised as we get closer and closer.

 

Meteor Shower From 1P/Halley Comet, Eta Aquariids, Will Peak Over New Hampshire Sunday Morning, May 5, 2013.

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The Eta Aquariids meteor shower, like all such showers, is an annual event; this one taking place between late-April and early-May.

As with all meteor showers, the meteors associated with shower are detritus left in the wake of comets; periodic comets such as Halley’s that make routine visits obviously leaving behind more matter in their trail each time they make a pass. The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is caused by the Earth crossing through the debris field left behind by 1P/Halley, with its 75.3 year orbital period, over the centuries.

Actually there is another meteor shower associated with 1P/Halley — that being the typically prolific, Orionids in late October. Having two showers associated with a ‘frequent’ visitor like Halley is to be expected. If nothing else, as should be fairly clear with all the attention that Comet ISON is getting, comet’s that are heading past Earth to circumnavigate the Sun have an inbound and outbound path, that crossed the Earth’s orbital path. So there are are two debris trails — and in the case of ISON, if it survives perihelion, Earth will be crossing those two paths, two weeks apart in January 2014. In the case of Halley, due to regular perturbations by Jupiter, its orbital path also changes, albeit not majorly, from trip to trip. So it, over the centuries, has laid down ‘rubber’ in different parts of the sky. Contrary to what you might read in the media, this meteor shower is not the result of Halley’s last apparition in 1986. It is debris left behind over the centuries.

Meteor showers, confusingly, are named after the constellation from which they appear to originate — though the constellation has nothing to do with the shower. It just provides astronomers with a reference as to where to find the shower. The constellation in this instance is Aquarius. Eta Aquariids the nearest distinguishing star, one of the brightest in the constellation.

I doubt whether I will get up that early to see this shower. I have seen quite a few in my time.


Comet Halley’s 75.3 year orbital path relative to the planets. From http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/


Halley on March 14, 1986, taken ‘close-up’ by European spacecraft ‘Giotto’ that was sent up as part of the ‘Halley Armada’ to meet-and-greet it. From NASA.

Russian Meteor Fireball Explosion: The Conspiracy Theory. I Think It Was Manmade, Intentional Or Otherwise.

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Though many don’t realize this I spent quite a bit of time working on astronomy, these days even at the expense of Popes and cardinals.


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As I have intimated of late, I have been spending most of time studying and writing about Near Earth Objects (NEOs): asteroids, comets and man made objects [e.g., satellites, spacecraft and debris].

As soon as I saw the news about the Russian meteor a thought crossed my mind. This could have been man made!

Yes, it could have been space debris, probably Russian, given that they were notorious for their littering of space (some due to all of their many spacecrafts that blew up). But, could it have been intentional. A drone? The U.S. checking out Russia’s much speculated space defense.

Bottom line: I am not convinced that this was a chunk of an asteroid or comet. It could have been. Just something tells me that this just didn’t seem right.