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10/22/2013 – Ephemeris – Misinformation about Comet ISON: It ain’t Nibiru

October 22, 2013

Ephemeris for Tuesday, October 22nd.  The sun will rise at 8:07.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 38 minutes, setting at 6:45.   The moon, half way from full to last quarter, will rise at 9:19 this evening.

Don’t believe a lot of what you hear about Comet ISON from friends or the Internet.  YouTube, for instance, has some good information, and some really nutty stuff.   A couple of items to debunk right here.  No, Comet ISON is not the rogue planet Nibiru.  Nibiru was a Babylonian astronomical term, probably for the summer solstice point in the sky, not a planet.  Ill-informed people want to frighten you by attaching the name to about any bright comet that comes along.  I can tell because their knowledge of astronomical terms and planetary orbits is way off base.  While the head of a comet can swell up to be greater than the size of the earth, it’s still a pretty good vacuum.  We’ve sent spacecraft into cometary heads which have all survived.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

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