Ison – the comet of the century and it’s heading our way

Posted December 27, 2012 by Johnny2x in Science


A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a  once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse. 

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Maybe I am just paranoid from all of the disaster movies I watch but this sounds like the beginning of trouble. I can only hope that NASA or our government would let us know if this thing could be a problem.

Comet Ison could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations – brighter even than the full Moon.

This sounds like a pretty awesome event.

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.

Ok. Cool. You sure this isn’t something to worry about?

By late November it will be visible to the unaided eye just after dark in the same direction as the setting Sun. Its tail could stretch like a searchlight into the sky above the horizon. Then it will swing rapidly around the Sun, passing within two million miles of it, far closer than any planet ever does, to emerge visible in the evening sky heading northward towards the pole star. It could be an “unaided eye” object for months. When it is close in its approach to the Sun it could become intensely brilliant but at that stage it would be difficult and dangerous to see without special instrumentation as it would be only a degree from the sun.

Holy shit. You can’t even look at it with the naked eye!? How close is this thing gonna be? 10s of miles wide!?

Make sure to read this full story it is well written and very interesting. If they are right, and I am sure they are, then we have nothing to worry about and this event will be just another amazing event to remind us all that we are  part of something much much bigger than our everyday lives. We are in this universe that is pretty big, and beautiful.

via member "Gladstoner"

via member “Gladstoner”

Predicted path of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) from

The comet will be ‘chasing’ the sun as both move east. After perihelion, the comet will swing hard to the north. The comet’s predicted path is very precisely known; tail lengths are only guesse

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