New Comet ISON Could Make Skywatchers' Year

Two amateur astronomers discovered it in September.

Local skywatchers might get to see a spectacular comet over the coming months—the newly discovered ISON. 

A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky through January 2014, but an article in TIME notes the comet may be visible throughout the year.

And the comet may come into view without the help of a telescope.

It all depends on whether the sun's heat vaporizes ices in the comet's body, scientists say in an article posted in the Huffington Post.

Comet ISON is anticipated to fly within 1.2 million miles from the sun's center on Nov. 28, 2013, astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, told the San Jose Mercury News.

If the comet makes it through the sun's heat the ISON could outshine the moon.

Last September two amateur astronomers from Russia discovered the comet.

The Huffington Post says Comet ISON's path resembles that of the Great Comet of 1680 comet, which is also called Kirch's Comet or Newton's Comet. And that comet's tail was reportedly visible during the daytime.

2013 is set to become a two-comet year.

Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to hurl by Earth in March.

Bob M January 08, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Sounds like a good reason to initiate the "First Annual Cupertino Night Sky Festival". Arrange for some food trucks, a couple of hot toddy and hot chocolate booths and have folks bring their telescopes for open observing? Maybe get the city to turn off the lights in Memorial Park for a few hours that night to help make a dark sky? Might even be able to sell a few tee shirts and sweatshirts? Just cannot happen on Nov 28th, 2013 because that is thanksgiving.
Kristen Van Sickle January 08, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I love that idea Bob! Who do we talk to to get that going?
cheme January 09, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Hey, I used to work in Cupertino on Bubb Road for a company named Measurex. I have interesting new research on comets, I believe they are made up of clumped entropic, energetic dark matter nuclei and they can be very dangerous.It is all on my blog at: darkmattersalot.com


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