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Comet ISON

15/09/2013
Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs – 04 March 2013 (Photo G.L. White)

​Comet C/2011 L4 Panstarrs – 4 March 2013 (Photo G.L. White)

​The much anticipated comet C/2012 S1 International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) is beginning to become visible in the pre-dawn sky, moving into the constellation of Cancer by the end of September as it approaches its close encounter with the Sun. 

The comet will be visible near the planet Mars from around 1 October, best viewed from around 4.30 am. Early indications suggested that this comet may be bright enough to snatch the title of “Comet of the Century” from the impressive great comet “Hale-Bopp”. There is some doubt now that it will live up to such expectation, and astronomers are still having difficulty in predicting what its brightness is likely to be. Well, not much longer to wait to find out... We will post any images that we are able to get as it draws nearer.