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ISON: a comet brighter than the moon

ISON: a comet brighter than the moon

Under the name of ISON, astronomers have found a comet that could see the end of 2013. Possibly brighter than the moon itself and one of the brightest comets ever identified, may be on the months of November and December next year.

Discovered by amateur astronomers and Artyom Novichonok Vitali Nevski, the later went on to explain the same data. ISON be falling toward the sun from the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn. In early October 2013 is estimated to spend about Mars, in that case, Curiosity could take a photo.

As explained Donald Yeomans of NASA, will ISON 1.2 million kilometers from the center of the Sun November 28, 2013:

ISON looks set to achieve the status of sungrazer as pass inside the solar diameter of the sun’s surface at the end of 2013, in November. What will survive after close to Earth in late December 2013. Astronomers around the world are going to track this big “snowball” closely to better understand their nature and how they might evolve over the next 15 months.

It is estimated that the comet is probably one of the greatest ever to pass by the Earth, but as noted by many astronomers, ISON may disintegrate when approaching the sun If this is the case, the researchers note that the heat the sun evaporate the ice mass in creating a spectacular tail.

Anyway, if the comet survives its passage through the Sun, it is expected that we can see an amazing show. A comet could be the brightest in passing by our planet and could be visible during the day around the world without telescopes.

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