ISON Comet could be seen in the light of day and become a worldwide sensation
January 16, 2013
Astronomers and observers around the world are aware of the comet’s orbit ISON, discovered in September last year by Russian scientists, and is on track to become one of the most spectacular in history.
The next November, when the comet approaches the Sun, could outshine the moon and be seen in the light of day.
If so, ISON will become a worldwide sensation, but comets are unpredictable and would defraud an unexpected path. If the comet just disintegrated in its approach to the Sun, there will be no show.
ISON was discovered on September 21 by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok through images taken with a reflecting telescope of 40 centimetres.
The finding was confirmed by the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA).
According to Russian investigators, “nearly parabolic orbit calculated that the comet heading towards the Sun. This orbit also suggests that it is a newcomer to the Oort cloud, the belt of icy objects surrounding the solar system. Currently, ISON is still far, near the orbit of Jupiter, in the constellation Gemini, moving between the heads of the twins Castor and Pollux.”