Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Comet ISON Astounds Astromomers Around the World

This amazing photograph of Comet ISON was captured by Damian Peach on November 17, 2013.We're only 10 days away from Comet ISON's pass around the sun, and it seems there's hope for its 'Comet of the Century' title after all. Astronomers from all around the world — amateur and professional alike — have captured some spectacular photographs of the comet since it brightened dramatically last week, and just within the last day or so, the comet's tail lengthened to incredible proportions.
Comet ISON is now roughly half way between the orbits of Venus and Mercury, on its way for a November 28th close-encounter with the sun. As predicted and hoped, it brightened significantly as it passed the orbit of Venus, becoming bright enough in the pre-dawn sky to be visible to the naked eye.

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