2013: The year of the comet : researchers say ISON comet may be brighter than the moon

December 30, 2012SPACE - A recently discovered comet that is rapidly approaching the Sun could outshine the Moon in 2013, researchers think. The comet may even be visible in daylight, as the Great Comet of 1680 was. It’s expected to be visible towards the end of the year, roughly from October to the following January. “The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, is due to fly within 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) from the center of the Sun on Nov. 28, 2013 said astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. As the comet approaches, heat from the Sun will vaporize ices in its body, creating what could be a spectacular tail that is visible in Earth’s night sky without telescopes or even binoculars from about October 2013 through January 2014.” With such a bright object in the night sky during the latter part of the year, it may somewhat drown out what will otherwise be a spectacular year of meteor showers in 2013. The comet will need to survive its approach to the Sun though, for that to happen. And it’s possible that the comet could disintegrate as it gets close to the Sun. Interestingly, comet ISON is following a very similar path to the famous comet of 1680, which was bright enough to be visible in the middle of the day. It is following such a similar orbit that researchers theorize that they may both originate from the same fragmented parent body. “Comet ISON could be the brightest comet seen in many generations – brighter even than the full moon,” wrote British astronomer David Whitehouse. “In 2013, Earth has two shots at a comet show. Comet Pan-STARRS is due to pass by the planet in March, eight months before ISON’s arrival. The last comet to dazzle Earth’s night-time skies was Comet Hale-Bopp, which visited in 1997. Comet 17P/Holmes made a brief appearance in 2007.” –Planet Save (excerpt)
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11 Responses to 2013: The year of the comet : researchers say ISON comet may be brighter than the moon

  1. john says:

    Quatrain II.46

    After great misery for mankind an even greater one approaches, when the great cycle of the centuries is renewed. It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and disease. In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of sparks.

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    • Marco says:

      I just don’t understand. If all of these was already predicted there was no away to avoid it. So why didn’t the mighty God just create better human beings? LOL

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      • Irene C says:

        God did create a better human, a perfect one. But in their own mind, they thought they knew more than God and wanted even more. As a result, they lost what they had, and here we are – with sick, imperfect bodies and minds. But the good news is, for those who accept God’s gift – His Son’s death and resurrection, – humans will once again regain that perfection. Unfortunately, humans still think they can do it all on their own.

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  2. Irene C says:

    I remember Hale-Bopp. I spent a lot of time outside at night just watching it. I can’t wait to see the upcoming comets. Should be quite a show.

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  3. Ron Willison says:

    Not wishing to be overly dramatic. I’ve done some serious research into the 2012-02=15 2012 DA14 potential for Earth impact and the fact that the best JPL has right now for trajectory confidence level is around 50 percent. I went to a couple of University’s that are working on the final orbit solution, and they say that they only have around a 20 minute window to get better telemetry on this thing and. Arecibo just may miss the window because it moves so slow. One more thing. If you use the JPL applet to render the current info on this rock. Change the settings to HOUR instead of DAY. It gets inside of 15,000 miles when it comes by. If we are lucky and it does get by. I hope NASA and the JPL folks will give us honest new data. This thing has a 366. and change day orbit and that will give us one year to deal with it. .

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    • Andrew says:

      The article on Ison I read this morning said this thing got kicked out of the Oort cloud, as if it had never been in orbit to the Sun before now. I know that is just speculation. What I do wonder though is that this comet quite possibly could have an orbit period that is longer than say, Halleys comet, and could have been by here long ago in prehistoric times(also speculation). I wonder if so, when?, and is there any way to calculate that? I also wonder if there might be other debris traveling along with it. Whether it’s a danger or not, it should be an interesting sight to see! Pray for the safety of Earth.

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  4. Carlos Heleno Tannuri says:

    People don’t believe in DOOM anymore.

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