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February 6, 2013

VIDEO: First look at new comet

OTTUMWA — You would think high tech images look new, but that's not the case for Comet Ison.

Footage released by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks like something out of an old Flash Gordon serial, but the comet it shows is brand new. The comet is a long way from being visible to people on earth, but the space-based Deep Impact spacecraft spotted it.

The comet was spotted only in September and scientists belive this is its first trip through the inner solar system. Ison will be a "sungrazer," which means this trip will pass very close to the sun. Sungrazers can be stunning when viewed from earth, but the close pass can also cause the comet to disintegrate, ending the show.

November is the key time for Ison. If it survives it could be visible into 2014, and may even be bright enough to be seen during the day.


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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
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