Daily Archives: September 11, 2013

Comet Hale-Bopp, 1995

Comet Hale–Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) was perhaps the most widely observed comet of the 20th century and one of the brightest seen for many decades. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811.

Hale–Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995, by two independent observers, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp, both in the United States, at a great distance from the Sun, raising expectations that the comet would brighten considerably by the time it passed close to Earth. Although predicting the brightness of comets with any degree of accuracy is very difficult, Hale–Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. The comet was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.

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Sun online. Solar activity. 11 September 2013

According to the Royal Observatory of Belgium:
Solar activity is very low, no changes are foreseen for the next 48h. Geomagnetic conditions have been quiet to unsettled (due to a sector boundary crossing on September 10). Currently, on the Sun can be identified 4 active regions with sunspots . The fast solar wind from a coronal hole may arrive to the Earth in the coming 48h, causing active geomagnetic conditions with possible minor storm levels.

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Date: 11/09/13
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LADEE Launch Streak

Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Berkes

Explanation: On September 6, a starry night and the Milky Way witnessed the launch of a Minotaur V rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. So did a large part of the eastern United States, as the spectacular night launch was easily visible even from light polluted urban areas. This 35 second exposure captures part of the rocket’s initial launch streak and 2nd stage ignition flare along with a brilliant reflection of the fiery sky in calm waters. The stunning view faces south and west from a vantage point overlooking Sinepuxent Bay in Maryland about 20 miles north of the launch pad. Heading east over the Atlantic, the multi-stage rocket placed LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, into a highly elliptical Earth orbit to begin its journey to the Moon.