Three new VIRGIN comets entering our solar system this year. Do we have anything to worry about?
I do not remember the names of the three new comets. One will be the brightest comet we have ever seem and will pass at its brightest around November. A second one is coming around the same time and now a third could possibly impact Mars in October. All three comets are "Virgins" meaning they have to our knowledge never been to the inner solar system before.
Knowing that current theory states that all comets originate in either the Keiper or Ort belts and that all 3 of these must have come in from out there. Should we worry that whatever caused these three to come in also sent other objects we have yet to identify? Something happened out there to cause this.
One is interesting. Two is a coincidence (although I do not believe in coincidence) but three is generally something else...
If you have any comments ideas or information it would be greatly appreciated.
- notblindu2Lv 68 years agoFavorite Answer
It would seem that something has happened out there. Maybe just a slight change of the position of the solar system in the spiral arm. Either way it's game time and we're up to bat.
- haglundLv 44 years ago
you extremely havnt were given to grips with this technology business enterprise yet have you ever? We dont desire a comet to account for flow of tectonic plates. Asteroids are remnants of a useless planet or different body between Mars and Jupiter (a number of which get knocked out of orbit ocassionaly) and a comet might want to no longer enter the picture voltaic gadget between eath and the solar. Orbital physics makes that slightly problematical.
- RichardLv 78 years ago
I think that you are forgetting that our ability to discover new comets, and especially to discover them at long range, has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, which makes the coincidence rather less dramatic. As for one of the new comets being the 'brightest we have ever seem [sic]', please remember that the brightness of new comets is very difficult to predict. The 'comet of the century' is predicted every few years, and the vast majority turn out to be disappointments. Let's hope this one is an exception.
- poornakumar bLv 78 years ago
No Comet is Virgin in the sense that they have been orbiting like all other members of (Solar) system from time imemorial. Only naked eye couldn't view them what a telescope does now.
Probably what you call a coincidence will become common when more & more people take to Comet hunting. There might be more years when one might view three comets or even more.
There might be cases of their changing orbits (like changing lanes) unedr the influence of planets, the bigger the effect felt is felt further. that creates an impression that the new orbit blongs to new Comet.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Nope, nothing to worry about. The most recent estimations is that the next comet that is considered a possible threath will come along in 2068.
And still, it will be a minor threath. Possibly none if technology has advanced to the point of being able to divert comets by then.56 years is a long time and developments are speeding up.
A comet is considered no threath if the chance of it colliding with Earth are 1 in a million or less. The one in 2068 has a chance of 2,3 in a million. Still a very small chance.
Don't worry, Earth will be fine.Source(s): CNN
- Anonymous8 years ago
I'm sure if you are looking for things to worry about that you should start with the mold growing in your shower.