Deep Impact

Deep Impact is going to hit comet Temple – 1 in an hour or so. I was tempted to gaze up at the heavens using the telescope on top of Ryerson, however I was not convinced that I would see anything. So instead of using the telescope like Carl Sagan did back in the 50′s, I am watching a webcast of NASA TV and it looks exciting enough. My favourite quote about Deep Impact is from Elizabeth Warner, director of the University of Maryland Observatory, on Space.com

“The coolest thing for me,” she notes, “will be to observe the comet over several weeks and then hopefully (weather-permitting) see it on July 4 a bit brighter than on the previous nights and know that we made it brighter.”

I wonder if NASA chose July 4th because of the American Independence Day, or is that just a co-incidence?

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