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The biggest star of 2013... could be
Ison - the comet of the century
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´Brighter than a full moon´:
The biggest star of 2013... could be
Ison - the comet of the century

The Independent, by David Whitehouse

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Posted By:DaddyO, 12/27/2012 9:19:26 AM

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.

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Old enough to remember the last ´comet of the century´ Kahoutek, and how it fizzled out. Hopefully Ison will be different.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jennie C., 12/27/2012 9:34:47 AM     (No. 9085562)

OP you took the words out of my mouth about Kohoutek. I was a freshman in college, and rearranged my schedule so I could take the intro Astronomy course and see it through the big telescope.

Not even a glimpse.

Did get to see Halley´s comet in 1986, but had to take an airplane ride to get above the local light pollution.

(I do have a date with my sister for western Kentucky in about 4.5 years for the total eclipse)

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bpl40, 12/27/2012 9:40:25 AM     (No. 9085588)

All ancient cultures, Maya, Hindu, Chinese regarded comets as harbingers of downfall for the powerful - kings in olden days. Lets see what this one does.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mazeman, 12/27/2012 9:44:21 AM     (No. 9085596)

I don´t know where you guys live, or what you expect, but Hyakutake, and the following year´s Hale-Bopp, were glorious and easily visible. My brother took some backyard pics linked below. I could never understand people who thought they were no big deal, or worse yet didn´t bother looking. http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/m/x/mxm14/comets.htm

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LouD, 12/27/2012 9:52:07 AM     (No. 9085614)

I can almost guarantee that wherever I am, the night will be cloudy, with heavy rain and almost zero visibility.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ersatzluci, 12/27/2012 9:53:40 AM     (No. 9085616)

The only instrument besides big telescopes that saw Kahoutek in December 1973 was the USAF DSP satellite #1 and that wasn´t even the satellite´s intended purpose. It had to be pointed off earth to do so.

Hopefully, ISON will not be another fizzle and we can all enjoy it with just our eyes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: US Veteran, 12/27/2012 10:05:21 AM     (No. 9085652)

We must be neighbors #4!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lefticide, 12/27/2012 10:49:33 AM     (No. 9085741)

I hope it´s Lucifer´s Hammer. We need a little shakeup down here on Earth.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 12/27/2012 10:49:44 AM     (No. 9085742)

yes it "could". read how many could´s are in the story. they over-hype and over-hype. Smart money is on maybe catching a glimpse as it nears sun with good binoculars. If it really outshines the moon, I´ll be thrilled but i am not getting my hopes up based on the last 50 years of comet predictions.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LoneStarLarry, 12/27/2012 10:49:53 AM     (No. 9085743)

#7, Bravo and Amen you summed it up completely.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: rosefenn, 12/27/2012 11:28:45 AM     (No. 9085848)

#8, thanks, I just blew coffee all over the screen! Loved Lucifer´s Hammer, think I´ll get it off the shelf and re-visit my youth!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 12/27/2012 1:56:46 PM     (No. 9086133)

I remember Hale-Bopp in the morning sky when I commuted to work 15+ years ago. I hope this is at least as bright.

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