Friday, March 31, 2017

OF INTEREST, NOT APRIL 1 YET




One nasty rainy Friday after several enjoyable days. Typical end of March and early April weather. Yes tomorrow is April fool’s day.

Tonight we should be getting the agenda for the AFS Council meeting and I hope its location is the Court Room not the crowded too small City Hall Library.

I did read all my newspapers today, and in addition to the usual DC circus there were several interesting articles including one in the WSJ about the “Mexican Border Wall” breaking down the different Patrol sectors in to needs, costs, present fences/walls, terrain problems, and immigrant usage. Titled “mapping Out Challenges of Building Wall”. I do not have the link but perhaps you can google it if interested.

Did you know about Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacombini-Kresák?

This "April Fool's Day Comet" will make its closest approach to earth on April 1, passing within 13.7 million miles (22 million km) of the Earth An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when passes closer to Earth than at any return since its discovery in 1858.

The comet's perihelion point, which is that part of its orbit taking it closest to the sun, lies just outside Earth's orbit. This year, the perihelion passage occurs April 12, when the comet will be 97.1 million miles (156.3 million kilometers) from the sun. But because the orbit of the comet nearly parallels the orbit of Earth at this point, there will be a six-day period — from March 29 through April 3 — when Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresák will be very near to its closest point to Earth.

The comet will, in fact, be closest to Earth on April Fools' Day (April 1); just about 13.2 million miles (21.2 million km) away.

The source stresses here that this comet is not likely to evolve into an impressive sight. However, it will be worth monitoring in the coming nights for two reasons: (1) It is not often that a comet approaches Earth as closely as "T-G-K." (2)There is a very small possibility that the comet could undergo a dramatic outburst in brightness.

Only if there is an outburst in brightness which can occur when it nears the sun can it be seen with the naked eye.

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