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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Interstellar Text Message

posted by on January 11 at 17:30 PM

I just received this text from a friend:

If you can get up high enough, look for the comet. It’s in the low western sky, to the south of the Olympics.

He must be talking about this.

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Everybody crowded at the western office windows, enduring a couple of false sightings in the form of distant southbound jets, their contrails shimmering silver behind them. Then, as though from nowhere, a bona fide comet, a few degrees above the low horizon south of the Olympic range, looking bushytailed and sinking slowly, straight down into the black. A good 20 minute show was had. Overheard: "Have we ever had fun here around 5 o'clock before?"

Posted by fixo | January 11, 2007 5:46 PM

Try this:
If the comet pic isn't still on the main page, check the gallery, there's certain to be a few there.

Posted by treacle | January 11, 2007 11:47 PM

Yeah, caught a good view of it from Steinbrueck Park last night around 5:20 p.m. Clearly visible, but you could just barely see the tail.

A higher elevation would definitely be better, since it would be higher above the horizon and visible for a bit longer after it starts getting dark, so the tail should stand out quite a bit more.

If you're going to the passes to ski/board tonight you should probably have a terrific view of it around 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Posted by COMTE | January 12, 2007 9:48 AM

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