“You never know what a pristine comet might do..”

It’s not looking likely here, but should you have clear skies tonight you’ll be treated to the biggest brightest full moon of the year – yes it’s time for another perigee moon. Hopefully the skies will be clear in February when Comet Lulin passes closest to the Earth [on 24th] and should be dimly visible. But as SpaceWeather says

Surprises are possible. The hyperbolic orbit of Comet Lulin suggests this could be the comet’s first visit to the inner solar system. How it will react to increasing sunlight is anyone’s guess. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, a musical interlude.. All together now.. “I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen..”

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  • Percy
  • Parrot Clocker

    Ahooooooooooo what is there to blog about?

  • Rory Carr

    I’m getting worried about you, Pete. Ever since appointing you my Chief Scientific Advisor all I’ve had are threats of my impending doom from some bloody shower of meteorites or the Hadron bloody whatsit or some old geyser erupting. It’ll be this old geezer that’ll be erupting unless you pull your socks up and give me some cheery news. What about the Second Coming, what with all these fiery signs and portents, couldn’t you give us all a bit of that?

    Still, I suppose if one of your oul cataclysmic warnings pans out it will at at least spare us all from eating one another as we spiral into hunger and misery thanks to the gods of high finance.

    p.s. Listen to this http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/darwin/inourtime.shtml, particularly the last ten minutes of Part 4, where the account given of Darwin’s death is not only the most moving deathbed scene I have come across since Mistress Quickly’s description of the death of Sir John Falstaff in Henry V (or was it Henry IV, part II ?). Certainly enough to rid any rationalist still secretly plagued by the terrors of childhood religiousity to lose any such fears of hellish damnation. Darwin – a man holier by far than than any saint of superstition.

  • Pete Baker

    This is cheery news, Rory.

    As long as the skies are clear..

    Thanks for the Darwin link. I’ll have to set aside some time to listen to it properly.

  • Clear Off

    Honestly, just get your own obsessive blog spot for this stuff

  • Pete Baker

    Clear Off

    You don’t have a vote on what I do, or do not, blog.

    Because, thankfully, Slugger isn’t a democracy.

    It’s more of a benign dictatorship.

    And all the better for that.

    For more on the kit and the kaboodle..

    Or, indeed, here.

  • Percy

    I can’t help but think peteb you do this as a sort of wind-up to the theists.
    There’s anger there somewhere, not wholly resolved.
    But hey you provide plenty of research material.

    Its cloudy here at GCHQ, which is a shame.

  • Pete Baker

    Actually, Percy,

    there’s only marvel at the wonder of natural events.

    But hey!

    Whatever you want to believe is going on is fine too..

  • Percy

    “There’s only marvel at the wonder of natural events.”
    That a beautiful thing,
    I came late to astronomy, but now follow Sky at Night, religiously!

  • susan

    thank you for the heads up, Pete (literally). The best musical interlude for a perigree moon is Louis Armstrong’s “Moon River,” though — still so beautiful you’re not even allowed to put it on youtube.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    ….ah that a great song by Warren Zevon.

    Kinda the very same beat as Lynard Skynard’s Alabama song.