Heads up! Daylight comet predicted for 2013
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David Baldwin
Registered: Jun 28, 2007
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Hope this is the right forum for astronomy news, but there will apparently be a stupendously bright comet next year! Should be an astrophotographer/landscape photographer's dream!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2209293/Comet-brighter-moon-fly-Earth-2013.html



harshaj1
Registered: Mar 13, 2004
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Country: United States

Thanks for sharing this news. I am excited.
Harsha



morris
Registered: May 22, 2002
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Visible during the day would be incredible. We will see...

Morris



David Baldwin
Registered: Jun 28, 2007
Total Posts: 2818
Country: United Kingdom

Could be that much promised "once in a lifetime" experience!

Am editing this:

http://www.hudsonvalleyalmanacweekly.com/2012/10/06/get-ready-for-a-super-comet/

"Although the comet was super-faint when discovered (at magnitude 18.8, it was about 100 times dimmer than Pluto), its calculated orbit will carry it extraordinarily close to the Sun, and then a few weeks later, very close to Earth. At the end of November 2013, the comet will approach to a mere 1.1 million miles of the Sun, or 30 times closer to the Sun than the charbroiled planet Mercury. This should not quite destroy it, but instead cause much of its ices to sublimate into a spectacularly long tail, releasing trapped pebbles and dust that will also spread out for a million miles or more. Unfortunately, it will then hover only 4.4 degrees north of the Sun, and it will probably be unseen in the solar glare.

Immediately after reaching this solar near-point, or perihelion, Comet ISON heads in a direction optimally favorable for us: north. Developing an ever-greater, even-more-spectacular tail, it should be as bright as Venus, and may even cast shadows! We in the Northern Hemisphere will get the best views as Christmas approaches. Then, on January 8, 2014, the comet passes just two degrees from Polaris, the North Star, as it zooms just 37.2 million miles from Earth."



KirkB
Registered: Sep 13, 2008
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Country: United States

Thanks so much for the heads up on this David, hopefully it will be as spectacular as predicted.

Kirk