Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Watch out for Comet ISON!

Hi Noble Readers, it's time to turn your attention skyward in anticipation of what might be one of the great astronomical events of the decade. I have been an amateur astronomer for many decades and never seen a comet to compare with the comets of history. However, despite our light-polluted skies, we may this December see one such.

Comet ISON is heading for a close encounter with the sun later this month, and if it is not vaporized or torn apart, it should be visible to the naked eye in December. It is expected to pass just about 600,000 miles from the sun's surface on November 28.

If predictions prove correct, the comet should be visible to the naked eye in Earth's early morning skies in early December and throughout the night beginning in January.

So keep those eyes peeled.

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