Friday, November 15, 2013

Stop Press!! Comet ISON

Comet ISON has an outburst!

“We simply urge everyone who can to get out and observe it while they can.”

Comet ISON brightened substantially last night and may be becoming visible to the eye alone, in a dark sky.  It could be that the comet is now simply finally “turning on."  Or this could be a temporary brightening, meaning the comet will fade again in a day or two.  Or the comet's nucleus could be fragmenting.  The comet is headed into the morning twilight now, as it hurtles toward its perihelion, or closest point to the sun, on November 28. Morning twilight is beginning to interfere with observations of Comet ISON, so if you’re going to search, grab your binoculars for scanning the eastern sky before dawn … and do it soon!

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