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Comet ISON: A Viewing Guide from Now to Perihelion
September 23, 2013 | David Dickinson on

Posted on 09/23/2013 12:54:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Currently, ISON sits about a magnitude below the projected light curve, (see below) but that isn’t all that unusual for a comet. Already, there’s been increasing talk of “ISON being a dud,” but as Universe Today’s Nancy Atkinson pointed out in a recent post, these assertions are still premature. The big question is what ISON will do leading up to perihelion, and if it will survive its passage 1.1 million kilometres above the surface of the Sun on November 28th to become a fine comet in the dawn skies in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Of course, there’s much speculation as to whether this will be the “comet of the century” shining as “bright as the Full Moon” near perihelion. We caught up with veteran comet observer John Bortle earlier this year to see what skywatchers might expect from this comet in late 2013. We’ve also chronicled the online wackiness of comets past and present as ISON makes its way into the pantheon as the most recently fashionable scapegoat for “the end of the world of the week…”


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 2012s1; comet; comet2012s1; cometison; greencomet; guide; ison; perihelion; viewing; viewingguide

1 posted on 09/23/2013 12:54:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I will be amazed if much of it is intact after coming 1.1 million km close to the sun

that’s 150 times closer than the earth

and 46 times closer than mercury


2 posted on 09/23/2013 1:01:46 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: BenLurkin

no linky, this thread is a dud.


3 posted on 09/23/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: BenLurkin

Article link?


4 posted on 09/23/2013 1:03:52 PM PDT by Gideon7
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To: Gideon7

http://www.universetoday.com/104818/comet-ison-a-viewing-guide-from-now-to-perihelion/


5 posted on 09/23/2013 1:07:58 PM PDT by Technocrat (Romney-Ryan 2012 No I'm not changing my Sig)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh $$&*@! No link. Are we all gonna die or see something neat?


6 posted on 09/23/2013 1:08:50 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: Mr. K

How does it compare to Lovejoy a few years ago?


7 posted on 09/23/2013 1:29:09 PM PDT 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: CJ Wolf

http://www.universetoday.com/104818/comet-ison-a-viewing-guide-from-now-to-perihelion/

Fingers crossed for a great show. Haven’t had a good one in the U.S. since the late 90s.


8 posted on 09/23/2013 1:34:08 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Tenacious 1; Gideon7; CJ Wolf

http://www.universetoday.com/104818/comet-ison-a-viewing-guide-from-now-to-perihelion/#more-104818

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/algoof.wav
http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/idid.wav


9 posted on 09/23/2013 1:40:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemet of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I remember Comet Kohoutek almost exactly 40 years ago to the month. It was visible, but basically a dud. We won’t know about Ison until she fizzles or explodes. Can’t say I hope for a spectacular show, because so much of humanity believes that such events portend megachanges. Not saying that I so believe, but if billions do so believe, that can severely affect the global psychology.


10 posted on 09/23/2013 2:18:19 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

How do they predict if a comet will brighten up or not?


11 posted on 09/23/2013 9:31:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They don’t, and they usually guess wrong.


12 posted on 09/24/2013 8:24:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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