New comet approaches later this year

January 19th, 2013 at 11:48 pm by under Weather

Russian astronomers discovered a new comet that will move past the earth later this year.  It is called Comet ISON and was discovered in September of 2012.  At it’s brightest, the comet could even be seen in broad daylight!  Here is an overview of what you can see later this year.

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER:  You should be able to see the comet at dark locations using small telescopes or possibly even binoculars.

OCTOBER:  At the beginning of the month the comet should begin to become visible with the naked eye.  As the month goes on, the comet will get brighter and brighter.

NOVEMBER:  The Comet will continue to brighten as it nears its closest point to the sun on November 28th.  As long as the comet doesn’t break apart, the comet will become even brighter.  Some are predicting that it will be as bright as a full moon!  At this time though it will be near the sun so you will need expert help on viewing the comet safely.

DECEMBER: This will be the best time for viewing, as long as it doesn’t break apart.  The comet will be visible in the evening after sunset and in the morning before sunrise.  Everyone on Earth will be able to see it, and it will be as bright as Venus.  You will also be able to see the tail of the comet.

JANUARY 2014:  Some are predicting that the comet will still be visible even into the new year!

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