Massive comet discovery dwarfs all others

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    Massive comet discovery dwarfs all others

    Astronomers have discovered the largest known comet, and it’s coming to a sky near you in 2031. That gives you plenty of time to track down a good telescope — you’ll need it to spot this roaming celestial body.

    So how big is it?

    Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, named for the astronomers who found it, is about a thousand times more massive than other comets and between 62 and 124 miles (100 and 200 kilometers) across.

    For comparison:

    Halley’s (comet) dimensions are about 9.3 by 5 miles (15 kilometers by 8 kilometers).

    And how big was the rock the killed the dinosaurs?

    According to abundant geological evidence, an asteroid roughly 10 km (6 miles) across hit Earth about 65 million years ago. This impact made a huge explosion and a crater about 180 km (roughly 110 miles) across.

    So this new Comet is potentially 6-10 times large!

    I can see a call for action on space-weapons incase they (scientists) discover that this object “could” hit the Earth in an extinction-level event.

    And even if not this one, maybe the next.  You have to be ready, you know.

    #235276

    Good bring on the sweet meteor of death.

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