You Can See A Newly Discovered Comet With Just Binoculars This Week

Back in March of this year, Brazilian astronomers with the Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids Research welcomed a new visitor to the inner solar system. They named it C/2014 E2, or Comet Jacques for SONEAR’s Cristvo Jacques Lage de Faria, and it’s predicted to be one of the brightest comets we’ll see in 2014.

Traveling through space at about 180,000 kilometers per hour, the comet passed within only about 14.5 million kilometers of Venus on July 13.Comet Jacques made its closest approach to Earth 84 million kilometers awayon August 28, and it’s fading rapidly. This week may be the last opportunity for us to see this recently discovered comet using just binoculars (with at least 750 power) – or maybe with the naked eye if you’ve got eyes like an eagle.

Here’s a photo of Comet Jacques with the Elephant’s Trunk nebulaIC1396, taken on August 30:

Right now, the comet will be directly overhead for observers anywhere in the northern hemisphere, reports. Look for the bright stars of the constellation Cygnus. Jacques will appear like a bright galaxy, and you probably shouldn’t expect to see much of its greenish coma or the comet’stail (but you can check out this July photo of its elongated tail).

Real-time information about the outbound comet can be found here. And as you can tell from the counter, it’s heading far, far, farther away.

Images:Schurs Astrophotography (top, middle), Scott MacNeill, Frosty Drew Observatory (bottom)

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5 Reasons You Should See A Broadway Show In Your 20s

Your 20s are the best years to do a lot of things.

You can stay out late, travel the world, live in a big city, or a small one and have fun without having to deal with allthe numerous responsibilities that will inevitably multiply with age.

You should add going to the theatre tothat list.Lots of people think that theatre is reserved for only those who are really into it, would die to see thenewest Broadway musical or are older with lots of time and money.

But your 20s can actually be the best time to see shows. Youre old enough to embrace and involve yourself in the culture of theatre, yet still young enough to get discounted tickets because you cant afford to see Hamiltonat full priceand pay for your rent.

Here are five reasons why the theatre is always a good idea:

1. Discounted Tickets

With the price of Broadway musicals skyrocketing people equate theatre with expensive tickets.

For some shows, I hear you.

But believe it or not, you can actually avoid dropping your entire paycheck on a ticket.Theatres in tons of cities, and even on Broadway, offer pretty decent tickets for students in college or grad school. Some lovely theatres even offer discountedtickets to people under a certain age.

Your 20s are the only time youll get to take advantage of these discounts, so do your research and go see as many shows as you can.

2. A Sense Of Connection

If youre a 20-something, chances are youve been struck by the feeling of loneliness at one time or another.

Relationship or not, tons of friends or just a few, fulfilling career or soul-sucking office job, this decade of life can make you feel pretty lost and alone. Its normal.

But fortunately, theatre provides the perfect hack for that; It is so much about human connection, even in the nature of the performance. The stories delve deep into the characters (oftentimes sad) lives and will definitely evoke some much needed catharsis.

When youre that close to the actors onstage, you feel much more connected to the story than when youre watching something unfold in a film or TV show.

Also, the energy of the crowd around you will allow you to feel like youre with hundredsof friends rather than alone in a sea of100 people.

3. Alternative To A Movie

Going to the movies scores high on the list of things to do with your friends or dates,but Hollywood tends to keep disappointing us these days.

While a few quality films show up here and there, theres only so many times youre willing to spend 20bucks for the millionth superhero movie or bro comedy.

Theatrecan provide you with a similar alternative to film: you can watch a story unfold in front of you while you sitting in a comfy chair.

Exceptions do exist, but most theatrical productions are character based, meaningful and more original than whats playing on the silver screen.

4. Get To Know Your City

You might have packed up for a city upon graduating, or stayed at home for a few years before venturing off, but most 20-somethings eventually live in, or near, a city.

If youre new in town, what better way to get to know the city than by getting immersed in the culture?

The theatre scene tends to reflect the city as a whole, producing shows that appeal to the people living there and usually made by the people living there. Youll start to feel a part of things after seeing some local theatre.

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5. Youll Feel Cultured AF

Maybe because its not seen as completely accessible, or maybe because it often deals with important issues or heavy topics, but going to the theatre never feels like mindless entertainment.

Even if you go to a fun comedy, theres something about going to the theatre that makes you feel super cultured. You contributed to your citys arts scene! Youre so much more intelligent and enlightened now.

Whether or not thats actually true, youll still feel that way.

Though the struggle to leave your bed and Netflix behind is real, venturing out to see shows willbe incredibly fulfilling.

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