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Re: Naked Eye Comet!

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  • Ronn! Blankenship
    ... One possibility is a collision which threw up a cloud of debris. Another is that a pocket of more-volatile (lower boiling point) material was uncovered
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 29, 2007
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      At 04:48 PM Monday 10/29/2007, Mauro Diotallevi wrote:
      >On 10/26/07, Ronn! Blankenship <ronn_blankenship@...> wrote:
      > > On Wednesday, a normally-faint comet named P17/Holmes, which never
      > > gets closer to the Sun than more than twice the Earth's distance
      > > underwent an outburst which resulted in it becoming nearly a million
      > > times brighter than it had been a few hours before.
      >
      >Am I correct in understanding that astronomers don't know why this
      >outburst is happening? Are there any theories?


      One possibility is a collision which threw up a cloud of
      debris. Another is that a pocket of more-volatile (lower boiling
      point) material was uncovered and vaporized quickly. Not sure if
      there is any good way to tell for sure which happened in this case, if either.


      -- Ronn! :)



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