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NASA: ‘Comet Of The Century’ To Blast Earth With Unusual Meteor Shower

By Dr. Tony Phillips, Clarksville Online – “Washington, D.C. – Anticipation is building as Comet ISON plunges into the inner solar system for a close encounter with the sun in November 2013. Blasted at point-blank range by solar radiation, the sungrazer will likely become one of the finest comets in many years.

When NASA’s Swift spacecraft observed the comet in January 2013, it was still near the orbit of Jupiter, but already very active. More than 112,000 pounds of dust were spewing from the comet’s nucleus every minute.

It turns out, some of that dust might end up on Earth.

Veteran meteor researcher Paul Wiegert of the University of Western Ontario has been using a computer to model the trajectory of dust ejected by Comet ISON, and his findings suggest that an unusual meteor shower could be in the offing.

‘For several days around January 12th, 2014, Earth will pass through a stream of fine-grained debris from Comet ISON,’ says Wiegert. ‘The resulting shower could have some interesting properties.

According to Wiegert’s computer models, the debris stream is populated with extremely tiny grains of dust, no more than a few microns wide, pushed toward Earth by the gentle radiation pressure of the sun. They will be hitting at a speed of 56 km/s or 125,000 mph. Because the particles are so small, Earth’s upper atmosphere will rapidly slow them to a stop.

‘Instead of burning up in a flash of light, they will drift gently down to the Earth below,’ he says.

Don’t expect to notice. The invisible rain of comet dust, if it occurs, would be very slow. It can take months or even years for fine dust to settle out of the high atmosphere.

While the dust is ‘up there,’ it could produce noctilucent clouds (NLCs).

NLCs are icy clouds that glow electric-blue as they float more than 80 km above Earth’s poles.” Read more.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness
  1. 04/25/2013 at 3:51 PM

    Does anyone know if NASA plans on sending a rocket up before November 2013, possibly to fix a satellite. If so it fulfills a prophecy where a rocket is forced to return to earth because of a meteor shower and the earth is destroyed and it is the end of earth as we knew it..


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