Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: Earth is in the "cosmic cross-hairs"

Jan 14, 2020

Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

You can worry about the planet Jupiter throwing "comets and asteroids toward Earth like a sniper," or you can worry about comets ("essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice").

Or you can just kick back, appreciate the additional 27 minutes of daylight we've picked up since the solstice, and contemplate the "molecular and atomic filters that each block a certain range of wavelengths of light" and help us create such beautiful sunrise and sunset photographs.

"Atmosphere," opines astronomer Bob King, "is a wonderful thing."

Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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Comets are essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice,

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/10/jupiter-throws-comets-asteroids-towards-earth-like-sniper-scientist-warns-12038528/?ito=cbshare

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