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