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A Comet is Coming!

June 14, 2010

Run! Outside! To see it!

That’s right, Comet McNaught makes its closest approach to Earth sometime today or tomorrow. I haven’t been able to find much information, but from what I’ve gleaned, if you want to see it, head on outside around 3:30 tomorrow morning (or 2 hours before sunrise). That’d be early on the morning of June 15, 2010. It should be low in the North/Northeastern sky, around the constellation Perseus. Might be a fuzzy patch of light, might be clearly visible to the naked eye. We don’t know. But I do know I’ll be out there, astronomical binoculars in tow.

And how is this relevant? ‘Cause it’s so freakin’ awesome! Sometimes, that’s all the excuse you need. Can you imagine anything better than standing on a (presumably) deserted street at 3:30 am, eyes locked on a giant ball of rock and ice that’s been circling the outer reaches of our solar system for millions and millions of years? I can’t.

Wonder’s all around us. In the giant dance of the cosmos, in the looped DNA of a cell. I read a great book this year, Jon McGregor’s “If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things.” It makes you realize the beauty and sheer magic of the smallest things. (Plus, Jon McGregor’s a really nice guy.) “If nobody speaks of remarkable things,” one character says, “how can they be called remarkable?”

A comet is coming. I’m speaking about it. And it is darn remarkable.

Winging it and loving it!

-Arvik

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