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    Ison - comet of the century

    A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a once-in-a lifetime light show, says David Whitehouse.

    At the moment it is a faint object, visible only in sophisticated telescopes as a point of light moving slowly against the background stars. It doesn't seem much a frozen chunk of rock and ice one of many moving in the depths of space. But this one is being tracked with eager anticipation by astronomers from around the world, and in a year everyone could know its name.

    Comet Ison could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations brighter even than the full Moon.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...y-8431443.html
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    So the Mayans were right?

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    I LOVE watching the night sky...

    This should be a spectacular light show!


    Please keep us updated, Tracker, if convenient for you!


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    I see that it's a long period comet so it probably won't be back for millions of years. Some speculate that it may be bright enough to be visible during the day.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    This is exciting and fascinating too! I can't wait

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    We shall see. Could be a 21st c. Khoutek. (Yes, still grousing about what a disappointment that one was, back in '73.)

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    We couldn't see hale-bopp very well where we were (Germany) I don't know if you could see it better elsewhere wfg.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

    The first thing I thought of when I read about this one was Halley's comet and Mark Twain. (I have the oddest things pop into my head from time to time hah).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    We couldn't see hale-bopp very well where we were (Germany) I don't know if you could see it better elsewhere wfg.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

    The first thing I thought of when I read about this one was Halley's comet and Mark Twain. (I have the oddest things pop into my head from time to time hah).
    No Hale-Bopp where I was either - well, not a breathtaking display of Hale-Boppishness, I should say.

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    Woohoo, motivation to get out my LX200 telescope.

    Hale-Bopp put on a phenomenal display for the east coast of the US. I watched it go from a dim lump of fuzz in my binoculars, to being a naked-eye object that produced an awesome sodium tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    We couldn't see hale-bopp very well where we were (Germany) I don't know if you could see it better elsewhere wfg.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

    The first thing I thought of when I read about this one was Halley's comet and Mark Twain. (I have the oddest things pop into my head from time to time hah).
    Hale-bopp was easily visible on I-15, in the desert halfway between Vegas and L.A. Cars were stopped along the freeway for miles.

    But it certainly wasn't as bright as the full moon. If the early reports are correct, this will be something else entirely.


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    It's inbound from the Oort Cloud!Where's Bruce Willis?

    Halley's Comet was a big disappointment for me. I'd been hearing about it since I was a kid.

    Hale-Bopp was a big deal mostly with Art Bell and those neutered goofballs over at Heaven's Gate.

    I believe that Hale-Bopp is a long period comet like Ison. Halley's is a short period comet and likely comes from the Kuiper Belt/Disc thus it's on roughly the same orbital plane as the planets.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    It's inbound from the Oort Cloud!Where's Bruce Willis?

    Halley's Comet was a big disappointment for me. I'd been hearing about it since I was a kid.

    Hale-Bopp was a big deal mostly with Art Bell and those neutered goofballs over at Heaven's Gate.

    I believe that Hale-Bopp is a long period comet like Ison. Halley's is a short period comet and likely comes from the Kuiper Belt/Disc thus it's on roughly the same orbital plane as the planets.
    I hope you are not lumping Art Bell and Heaven's Gate in one (same) category!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IHAVENOCLUE View Post
    I hope you are not lumping Art Bell and Heaven's Gate in one (same) category!
    Hmm
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    It's inbound from the Oort Cloud!Where's Bruce Willis?

    Halley's Comet was a big disappointment for me. I'd been hearing about it since I was a kid.

    Hale-Bopp was a big deal mostly with Art Bell and those neutered goofballs over at Heaven's Gate.

    I believe that Hale-Bopp is a long period comet like Ison. Halley's is a short period comet and likely comes from the Kuiper Belt/Disc thus it's on roughly the same orbital plane as the planets.
    I remember Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. Bright comets within a year. Hale-Bopp was brighter and had multiple tails. Hyakutake was diffused and had a longer tail than Hale-Bopp.

    Comet Kohoutek in 1973 was a let down, but was not a total let down as it was quite bright at magnitude -3. Comet Austin of 1990 was a huge let down. More so than Halley's Comet in 1986.

    Comet Austin
    http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/c...;filetype=.pdf

    Comet Kohoutek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Cool

    Later in March of this year, there is Comet PANSTARR, which could be bright.

    Egale Eye On The Sky
    http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/Sky/Wordpress/?p=1922
    http://www.eagleseye.me.uk/Sky/Wordpress/?p=1887

    Here is a page for Comet ISON. It could be quite bright if true.

    C/2012 S1 ( ISON )
    http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2012S1/2012S1.html

    If ISON holds up to be bright, it could challenge Comet Ikeya-Seki and McNaught.

    Brightest comets seen since 1935
    Code:
      peak
       m1         Comet
      ----     ----------------------
    (-10)       C/1965 S1 (Ikeya-Seki)
     (-5.5)     C/2006 P1 (McNaught)
      -3.0      C/1975 V1 (West)
     (-3)       C/1947 X1 (Southern comet)
     (-1)       C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet)
     
      -0.8      C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
     (-0.5)     C/1956 R1 (Arend-Roland)
     (-0.5)     C/2002 V1 (NEAT)
       0.0      C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)
       0.0      C/1969 Y1 (Bennett)
    
      (0)       C/1973 E1 (Kohoutek)
      (0)       C/1962 C1 (Seki-Lines)
       0.5      C/1998 J1 (SOHO)
       1.0      C/1957 P1 (Mrkos)
      (1)       C/1970 K1 (White-Ortiz-Bolelli)
    
       1.7      C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
      (2)       C/1941 B2 (de Kock-Paraskevopoulos)
      (2.2)     C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
       2.4     1P/1982 U1 (Halley)
      (2.4)   17P         (Holmes)  [Oct. 2007]
     
       2.5      C/2000 WM_1 (LINEAR)
       2.7      C/1964 N1 (Ikeya)
       2.8      C/2001 Q4 (NEAT)
       2.8      C/1989 W1 (Aarseth-Brewington)
       2.8      C/1963 A1 (Ikeya)
    
       2.9   153P/2002 C1 (Ikeya-Zhang)
       3.0      C/2001 A2 (LINEAR)
       3.3      C/1936 K1 (Peltier)
      (3.3)     C/2004 F4 (Bradfield)
       3.5      C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)
     
       3.5      C/1942 X1 (Whipple-Fedtke-Tevzadze)
       3.5      C/1940 R2 (Cunningham)
       3.5      C/1939 H1 (Jurlof-Achmarof-Hassel)
       3.5      C/1959 Y1 (Burnham)
       3.5      C/1969 T1 (Tago-Sato-Kosaka)
    
       3.5      C/1980 Y1 (Bradfield)
      (3.5)     C/1961 O1 (Wilson-Hubbard)
      (3.5)     C/1955 L1 (Mrkos)
       3.6      C/1990 K1 (Levy)
       3.7      C/1975 N1 (Kobayashi-Berger-Milon)
    
       3.9      C/1974 C1 (Bradfield)
       3.9      C/1937 N1 (Finsler)
    http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/brightest.html




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