SETI bioastro: Comet LINEAR A2 Splits Further - May be Mag 3 in June

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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Fri May 18 2001 - 15:25:11 PDT


From: staff@NearEarth.net [mailto:staff@NearEarth.net]
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 12:47 PM
Subject: Comet LINEAR A2 Splits Further

New images from the Very Large Telescope show that one of the two nuclei of
Comet LINEAR
(C/2001 A2), now about 100 million km from the Earth, has just split into
at least two pieces. The three fragments are now moving through space in
nearly parallel orbits while they slowly drift apart.

Comet LINEAR A2 has become the first naked-eye comet in three years. The
comet's light curve suggests that it may become as bright as magnitude 3
when it reappears in the Northern Hemisphere in late June.

Breathtaking images of Comet LINEAR are being posted on NearEarth.net, as
well as all the latest news about where to view the comet. Please visit:

http://www.NearEarth.net

-joshua


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