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Comet ISON shaping up to be a spectacular display
phys.org ^ | January 15, 2013 | by Bob Yirka

Posted on 01/16/2013 4:04:36 PM PST by BenLurkin

Excitement is mounting for astronomers and star gazers the world over as word spreads that Comet ISON may go down in the history books as one of the flashiest ever. First discovered in September of last year by Russian astronomers, Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) has been drawing attention ever since.

Of course, projecting the brilliance of a comet or its tail length is an iffy proposition to be sure. It could just break apart when it nears the sun (it's expected to come as close as 32,000 miles), leaving us here on Earth less than impressed with the results, (see Comet Kohoutek - 1973.) More optimistically, because of its size and orientation, it might just present us with the brightest comet show ever seen.

Right now Comet ISON is in Jupiter's orbit, hurtling towards a rendezvous with the sun. As it approaches, bits of it will be vaporized, leading to the creation of a tail. Once it arrives, it will whip around the sun at approximately 425,000 mph and then head back into space passing our planet on its way, allowing us to see it in all its finery.

The best viewing time for the comet is expected to be early in the morning before the sun comes up, as it approaches, and then at both pre-dawn and just after the sun sets as the comet is leaving. When it's approaching, its tail will follow behind it, but as it's leaving, due to solar wind, it will be following its own tail. Estimates on Comet ISON's brightness vary – some suggest it might be equal in luminescence to the planet Mars, while others hint that it might be as bright as the moon, which means it would be visible even during daylight hours.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: 2012s1; astronomy; c2012s1; comet2012s1; cometison; greencomet; ison

1 posted on 01/16/2013 4:04:42 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

We will soon see the usual suspects claiming it will kill us all.
Wait for Terral03 to post more hilarious videos online about how we should hide in a cave with him.
That is, unless he’s still hiding in a cave after Elenin fizzled out.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 4:20:50 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: BenLurkin
"it's expected to come as close as 32,000 miles"

Huh? The sun is 800,000 miles in diameter. It is quite warm. It ain't gonna survive if it comes that close. It'll have to go by at night. ;0)

3 posted on 01/16/2013 4:21:29 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: BenLurkin

After Haley’s, Khotek and the others that have been a disappointment, I’ll believe it when I see it.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 4:26:30 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
After Haley’s, Khotek and the others that have been a disappointment, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Ditto. We've been set up too many times with hype that fizzled.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 4:48:27 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: aimhigh; Rebelbase; BenLurkin

Comet West in Feb. 1976 was quite impressive.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 5:27:32 PM PST by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: Darksheare

When is supposed to be visible? I did not see that in the article. Thanks


7 posted on 01/16/2013 6:19:20 PM PST by Ann de IL
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To: Ann de IL

During August 2013, it should become bright enough to be visible through small telescopes or binoculars, becoming visible to the naked eye by late October or early November and remaining so until mid-January 2014.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 6:28:43 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.

In before the Kahoutek snarks (I hope, actually didn’t check).


9 posted on 01/16/2013 6:50:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: aimhigh

Hale-Bopp was pretty good. I got some decent pictures of it even in the mucked up skies of Prince George’s County, Peoples’ Demokratik Republik of Maryland ...


10 posted on 01/16/2013 7:02:14 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rmh47

I remember going (downhill snow) sliding with my then 10 yo son in early April of 1997. We were still sliding past sunset. Comet Hale-Bopp was easily visible almost immediately after the sun disappeared over the horizon.

It was quite spectacular.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 7:02:26 PM PST by kidd
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To: norwaypinesavage; BenLurkin

“… 32,000 miles”
According to Space Weather, “ On Nov. 28, 2013, it will fly through the sun’s outer atmosphere only 1.2 million km from the stellar surface below. If the comet survives the encounter, it could emerge glowing as brightly as the Moon, ...”


12 posted on 01/16/2013 7:08:27 PM PST by Daffy
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To: norwaypinesavage

(quibble: 865,000 miles)

Comets graze the Sun quite often, most survive, some don’t.

Comet Encke took a lickin’, kept on tickin’:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071001145018.htm
http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/191092main_encke_visualization.mpg
http://spider.seds.org/spider/Comets/encke.html
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/186530/Enckes-Comet
http://www.universetoday.com/87305/comet-encke/


13 posted on 01/16/2013 7:12:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: norwaypinesavage

I LOL’D


14 posted on 01/16/2013 7:16:51 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Not quite IBTKS....

missed by THAT much! LOL! (And he didn’t spell it right)

Thanks for the ping, though,hahaha.


15 posted on 01/17/2013 4:48:57 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Ann de IL

Later this year sometime in the Fall I think.


16 posted on 01/17/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: BenLurkin

There have been some great comets in the last 50 or so years.

Kohouteck was a fizzle, but, then there was Comet West a few years later. It looked like a giant spotlight in the sky. IT was HUGH! I am SIRIUS!

Halley’s wasn’t bad either in 1986. Up to that point, it was the second brightest comet I had seen, West being the first.

Then there was the Great Comets of the 90’s Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp.

In the last few years, Comet McNaught 2006 (the great comet of 2007) and Lovejoy in 2012 have made quite a splash recently.

Will ISON make it? Who knows. They thought Lovejoy was going to disappear and it put on a great show. Just wish it would be in the evening, not, the morning.

Also, in March, look for Comet PANSTARRS. It may give us something at sunset in the middle of the month.


17 posted on 01/17/2013 9:55:02 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

This was a good one too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_IRAS%E2%80%93Araki%E2%80%93Alcock

It just went zipping by stars while you watched.


18 posted on 01/17/2013 10:00:32 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian; All
Some photos I took in the 90s

http://home.comcast.net/~waccoo/walt1.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~waccoo/walt2.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~waccoo/walt3.jpg

Would have embedded them, but, I never have much luck with that. Click and enjoy.

19 posted on 01/17/2013 10:09:38 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian; All
Well durn. Try this.


20 posted on 01/17/2013 10:17:09 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: left that other site

;’)


21 posted on 01/17/2013 7:27:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting. Note, though, that the universetoday article says that Enckes perihelion is .332 AU. This would place it about 29 MILLION miles from the sun’s surface. The article says that ISON might come 30 THOUSAND miles from the surface.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 6:02:56 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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