Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Comet ISON (Picture of the Day: 1/1/13)

Comet ISON. Credit: E. Guido, G. Sostero and N. Howes. Source

On September 21, 2012, a comet dubbed "comet ISON" was discovered by two Russian amateur astronomers. What's unique about this comet is that it will pass close to the sun before passing by Earth, which could mean that this comet will have a spectacular tail and could even outshine the full moon from around October 2013 to January 2014. This comet promises to put on an amazing display, if it survives. There is a problem, we don't know if the comet will survive its pass with the sun. I guess we can hope it makes its way to us, and we can all have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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