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Ison and other interesting astronomy tidbits

My stepson is taking an astronomy class, and he's really jazzed about it. It's goo to see him taking an interest in at least some aspect of school.

The comet Ison will be visible to the naked eye late in 2013, sometimes even brighter than the moon.

Pluto used to be a planet. Now it's considered a dwarf planet. I knew that, but the thing that got it kicked out of planet status was that a planet cannot have anything else like asteroids in its "neighborhood"--or orbit, which Pluto does.

There's been a hurricane raging on Jupiter for over 400 years, which is seen as a red spot. The hurricane doesn't ever go away because there's no land mass on Jupiter, which slows hurricanes down on earth.


Asked by Ballad at 10:58 PM on Mar. 1, 2013 in Just for Fun

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  • How Hale-Bopp looked above Alaska: Next year's comet is predicted to be even more spectacular, and remain in the skies for weeks


    Answer by Crafty26 at 11:15 PM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • Interresting and it is good to see someone interesting in anything. I am glad he has found something to intrigue him.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:09 PM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • thanks for the info. we love astronomical events
    sad thing is we live in the north and they are normally active during winter months :(

    Answer by feralxat at 11:33 PM on Mar. 1, 2013

  • That is a picture of a rogue black hole. Most people think that black holes are stationary, but they can and do move around all the time.



    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 7:12 AM on Mar. 2, 2013