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Comet ISON Enters the Final Countdown

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We’re now less than two weeks away from comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) reaching perihelion and, if we’re honest, we are still none the wiser as to how the situation might play out! ison_gonzalez_sm

Last week, the CIOC’s Matthew Knight wrote an excellent blog post detailing the three possible outcomes for ISON in the coming days: imminent disintegration, disintegration at perihelion, or survival. Since he wrote that, and indeed in just the past 24-hours or so, comet ISON has undergone a dramatic shift in nature, with a brightness increase of at least an order or two of magnitude, and soaring rates of dust and gas being released from its nucleus. In light of this new development, we can now say with absolute certainty that comet ISON will definitely do one of those things that Matthew said it might do…

OK, that was vague. But the truth is, although this new development is tremendously exciting, it still doesn’t help us answer either of the questions that everyone wants to know: namely, how bright will comet ISON be, and will it survive perihelion?


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  1. I have seen it yesterday in the morning also by naked eye if you know where to look exactly, let’s hope for the best to get some more shots though weather is really bad for observations here!
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