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Old Jan 3, 13, 6:06 pm   #1
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Comet Ison

By the end of summer it will become visible in small telescopes and binoculars. By October it will pass close to Mars and things will begin to stir. The surface will shift as the ice responds to the thermal shock, cracks will appear in the crust, tiny puffs of gas will rise from it as it is warmed. The comet's tail is forming.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...y-8431443.html

I can't wait for the photo reports. Heh!
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Old Jan 3, 13, 8:11 pm   #2
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By the end of summer it will become visible in small telescopes and binoculars. By October it will pass close to Mars and things will begin to stir. The surface will shift as the ice responds to the thermal shock, cracks will appear in the crust, tiny puffs of gas will rise from it as it is warmed. The comet's tail is forming.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...y-8431443.html

I can't wait for the photo reports. Heh!
Me too! I was just listening to a report about this today on the radio. This sounds like it could be really exciting - a very different comet, potentially close enough to view with the naked eye, possibly bright enough to even be seen in daylight. Yes!
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- a very different comet, potentially close enough to view with the naked eye, possibly bright enough to even be seen in daylight. Yes!
If the claim that it will be as bright as a full moon are correct, it would be spectacular.

And there's also 2014-L4 (PanSTARRS), which could be very bright in the March/April timeframe.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 6:06 pm   #4
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And there's also 2014-L4 (PanSTARRS), which could be very bright in the March/April timeframe.
Mentioned in the Independent article.

Remarkably Ison might not be the only spectacular comet visible next year. Another comet, called 2014 L4 (PanSTARRS), was discovered last year and in March and April it could also be a magnificent object in the evening sky. 2013 could be the year of the great comets.
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Old Sep 25, 13, 2:40 pm   #5
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Waiting for ISON

The jury is out on ISON's potential, but...

Complete Guide to Photographing Comet ISON

http://waitingforison.wordpress.com/...ng-comet-ison/

Comet ISON: A Viewing Guide from Now to Perihelion

http://www.universetoday.com/104818/...to-perihelion/

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Ison and more.. http://www.svherald.com/content/comm...3/11/02/362194
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The latest updates that I've read, and the tracking of actual brightness vs. predictive models, aren't very promising. Two I've read today say that viewing with the naked eye are unlikely - far from "bright as the moon" hoped for earlier.

But who knows?
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I was really looking forward to this all year but the latest reports aren't looking too promising. Although, anything is better than nothing. I have started to see some pictures that people are able to get with long exposures so there still is something to see.
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Old Nov 28, 13, 7:22 pm   #9
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Big dud?

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Members of the group's Facebook page spotted what may be the remnants of ISON in satellite images soon after experts at NASA's Google Hangout on ISON said it looked like the comet had broken up and melted into the sun.
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Looks like it survived to some extent. Here is some nice video of it approaching and leaving the sun.

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/...l#.UpmbhsW9KSM
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It does look like something survived, and the video is quite cool.

But I'm pretty sure the "visible in daylight", "brighter than the moon" isn't happening. My local 10-day forecast is Cloudy, Cloudy, Cloudy, etc.... so I'll never know. The next 10 days, right before sunrise, would be peak viewing.
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It does look like something survived, and the video is quite cool.

But I'm pretty sure the "visible in daylight", "brighter than the moon" isn't happening. My local 10-day forecast is Cloudy, Cloudy, Cloudy, etc.... so I'll never know. The next 10 days, right before sunrise, would be peak viewing.
I think you mean "right after sunset" - it was "right before sunrise" prior to the plunge, at least from the pictures I saw people taking a couple weeks ago.
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No. It whipped around the sun and is heading back the way it came. 30 minutes before sunrise is the best viewing.

But at +5 and fading, it again doesn't appear that there will be anything to see.
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It's dead, Jim.
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