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The comet is coming!!!!!!

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The comet is coming!!!!!!
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Proportionate reporting

Hmm. 

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A portent?

We're all doomed! :)

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This is wonderful

We should do a correction. Simply everything is wrong. The picture doesn't look like an artist's impression to me, it looks like an image of another comet; the comet is very very dim (one 2019 obs on COBS ~ mag 17, and perhaps unreliable); the time of best visibility is not 21:15 BST (02:45 BST, 36deg alt due east in astro darkness for me). Where is this information from??????

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Fake News!

I've just sent this link to the discoverer, Carl Hergenrother, who occasionally e-mails me...….

I hope he doesn't die laughing!

Martin

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That is a spectacular example

That is a spectacular example of crap "journalism", even for the Daily Mirror. "your best chance of seeing the comet, look just above the eastern horizon at around 21:15 BST". Hmmm.

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Give the author a break

Come on, give the author a break. When you have got 2281 articles to write and you have a serious twitter account to maintain you're bound to get a few things wrong  

https://muckrack.com/shivali-best

:-)

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Good god, Robin. I shouldn't

Good god, Robin. I shouldn't have gone down that rabbit hole of a URL.

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Journalism?

Clearly the definition has changed in recent years....

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playing their game

The thing is though the content is irrelevant. It is all about clicks and we are playing their game.

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Exactly!, whilst I tried to

Exactly!, whilst I tried to resist I couldn't help it given the subject...

Without being overly crude, in youthspeak... I LMFAO    ; - ))

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No problem

No need to worry.

It will be cloudy anyway...

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Arrrrgh!

Arrrgh! I fear I'm at least partly responsible for this. Some of the article looks like a mangled version of what's on my website. My website says that the comet rises at 21:15 BST. I assume the summer student who wrote this article cut and pasted the rising time as the best time to see the comet.

A couple of weeks ago I changed the algorithm used by my website to decide when to list comet apparitions as news events. This resulted in some very bad predictions, which I commented on in a previous forum post. Martin and Nick convinced me I needed to fix this, but I haven't had time to get it changed yet.

I really need to get on with it... sigh...

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Don't be too hard on yourself

Don't be too hard on yourself, Dominic. I did in fact do a bit of web searching to see where the Mirror journalist may have got this information. And I had a look at in the sky.org . Your site had nothing about 21:15 being the best time to spot the comet, nor did your site say it was super bright (it wasn't even in the top three brightest comets) / even in the naked eye range.

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Photo in Mirror Article

I thought I recognised the comet photo in the Mirror article - it is Comet West 1975 VI from 1976 - see the following link

https://enacademic.com/pictures/enwiki/67/C_1975_V1_%28West%29_1976-03-09_6h_UTC.jpg

I was new to astronomy back then but heard about this comet but failed to see it in the pre-dawn sky - I then joined 'The Astronomer' to make sure I didn't miss any other bright comets!

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Well, I'm very disappointed.

Well, I'm very disappointed. Following the story in the Daily Mirror I had a go at imaging this "huge" comet this morning. Nothing was visible to around 20th magnitude. Heavens Above even has finder charts (going to mag 5). A quick Google for Comet 168P brings up a cornucopia of misleading rubbish. What has the Internet done to our common sense?

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Re-acq of 168P

I certainly agree with you on the effect of the internet. On a brighter note - I was pleasantly surprised last night by being able to pick up tails on 260P and C/2018 N2. I imagine light-buckets are required though for visual observers.