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18 August 2019 at 7:55 pm #57438118 August 2019 at 8:22 pm #581276
Hmm.18 August 2019 at 8:46 pm #581277Grant PrivettParticipant
We’re all doomed! 🙂18 August 2019 at 8:57 pm #581278
We should do a correction. Simply everything is wrong. The picture doesn’t look like an artist’s impression to me, it looks like an image of another comet; the comet is very very dim (one 2019 obs on COBS ~ mag 17, and perhaps unreliable); the time of best visibility is not 21:15 BST (02:45 BST, 36deg alt due east in astro darkness for me). Where is this information from??????18 August 2019 at 9:06 pm #581279Martin MobberleyParticipant
I’ve just sent this link to the discoverer, Carl Hergenrother, who occasionally e-mails me…….
I hope he doesn’t die laughing!
Martin18 August 2019 at 9:33 pm #581280Nick JamesParticipant
That is a spectacular example of crap “journalism”, even for the Daily Mirror. “your best chance of seeing the comet, look just above the eastern horizon at around 21:15 BST”. Hmmm.18 August 2019 at 9:42 pm #581281Robin LeadbeaterParticipant
Come on, give the author a break. When you have got 2281 articles to write and you have a serious twitter account to maintain you’re bound to get a few things wrong
🙂18 August 2019 at 9:50 pm #581282
Good god, Robin. I shouldn’t have gone down that rabbit hole of a URL.18 August 2019 at 9:53 pm #581283Robin LeadbeaterParticipant
The thing is though the content is irrelevant. It is all about clicks and we are playing their game.18 August 2019 at 10:44 pm #581284Lars LindhardParticipant
No need to worry.
It will be cloudy anyway…18 August 2019 at 11:50 pm #581285Grant PrivettParticipant
Clearly the definition has changed in recent years….19 August 2019 at 8:58 am #581288Bill WardParticipant
Exactly!, whilst I tried to resist I couldn’t help it given the subject…
Without being overly crude, in youthspeak… I LMFAO ; – ))19 August 2019 at 4:32 pm #581290Dominic FordKeymaster
Arrrgh! I fear I’m at least partly responsible for this. Some of the article looks like a mangled version of what’s on my website. My website says that the comet rises at 21:15 BST. I assume the summer student who wrote this article cut and pasted the rising time as the best time to see the comet.
A couple of weeks ago I changed the algorithm used by my website to decide when to list comet apparitions as news events. This resulted in some very bad predictions, which I commented on in a previous forum post. Martin and Nick convinced me I needed to fix this, but I haven’t had time to get it changed yet.
I really need to get on with it… sigh…19 August 2019 at 5:01 pm #581291
Don’t be too hard on yourself, Dominic. I did in fact do a bit of web searching to see where the Mirror journalist may have got this information. And I had a look at in the sky.org . Your site had nothing about 21:15 being the best time to spot the comet, nor did your site say it was super bright (it wasn’t even in the top three brightest comets) / even in the naked eye range.19 August 2019 at 9:22 pm #581293Peter MeadowsParticipant
I thought I recognised the comet photo in the Mirror article – it is Comet West 1975 VI from 1976 – see the following link
I was new to astronomy back then but heard about this comet but failed to see it in the pre-dawn sky – I then joined ‘The Astronomer’ to make sure I didn’t miss any other bright comets!26 August 2019 at 7:47 am #581307Nick JamesParticipant
Well, I’m very disappointed. Following the story in the Daily Mirror I had a go at imaging this “huge” comet this morning. Nothing was visible to around 20th magnitude. Heavens Above even has finder charts (going to mag 5). A quick Google for Comet 168P brings up a cornucopia of misleading rubbish. What has the Internet done to our common sense?26 August 2019 at 8:43 am #581308
I certainly agree with you on the effect of the internet. On a brighter note – I was pleasantly surprised last night by being able to pick up tails on 260P and C/2018 N2. I imagine light-buckets are required though for visual observers.
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