Observations, Space

Upcoming 2013 ISON comet might be the brightest ever – set to shine as a full moon

Photograph of Comet West, one of the greatest comets of all-time, taken by an amateur astronomer. (c) John Laborde

Discovered last year by Russian astronomers Vitaly Nevsky and Artyom Novichonok, the gigantic ISON comet is set to make its appearance later this year as it approaches the sun when it will become visible to the naked eye during the day, and as bright as a full moon during the night.

Astronomers estimate the comet will reach its ‘perihelion passage’ – the closest point to the sun on the comet’s passage – in late November and will appear in the Northern hemisphere sky. Scientists fave found similarities between the ISON coment and that of the Great comet in 1680, also known as ‘Kirch’s Comet’ or ‘Newton’s Comet’, when it was reported to be bright enough to be seen in the daytime. Astronomers are expecting something similar from ISON.

Estimates are very difficult to make, since there are a lot of factors at play. The ISON comet might, for instance, break up in multiple smaller pieces that would significantly dim its brightness during its approach to the sun. Still, scientists hope ice particles will vaporize in the comet’s body, resulting in the massive, bright tail.

Popular astronomy author Guy Ottewell said in his 2013 Astronomical Calendar that the comet resembles “…a lighted match at the sun’s edge,” during the day. “Using what formulas we can for magnitude, we have it reaching -12.6, the brightness of the full moon!”

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) photographed at the RAS Observatory. (c) Remanzacco Observatory/Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero & Nick Howes

Scientists have been able to track the origin of ISON to the Oort cloud, which is a bunch of frozen rock and ice which circles the sun at a distance which is 50,000 times larger than that of the Earth’s orbit or 1 light-year away. For those living in the Southern hemisphere, do not be too dishearten since you will still be able to enjoy Comet Pan-STARRS – a great astronomical event, thought maybe not as spectacular as ISON – which will be visible from January and reach its brightest in March.

UPDATE: video footage of the ISON comet passing through the solar system as captured by NASA’s Deep Impact spacracraft has been released.

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  • Paul Felix Schott

    2013 Dec

    ALL THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH WILL SOON HAVE THEIR EYES TO THE HEAVENS

    Do a little History on this one.

    ALL Should Look Up “2012 DA14″.

    This
    could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the
    hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that.
    All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is
    hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles
    that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    Most
    all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us without a hit.
    Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in
    Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event.
    Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every
    Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV
    set on Earth.

    “2012 DA14″ goes by Earth
    twice a
    year and there is no way anyone for sure, can tell how close the second
    pass will be till it passes by the Moon and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL
    FORCE effect that it will have on this Asteroid.

    They may come
    close but this one is already coming very close to begin with. Too close
    this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a Meteor Shower like the 13
    and 14 of December of 2012, it might go through or bump into one of
    them? Or all the other more then 20,00 pieces of orbital debris like
    Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can no longer be moved by a
    control center on Earth. Or add a Solar Flare. Or a Comet ISON or its
    tail debris of millions of rocks of all sizes.

    If a big enough
    one were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun
    was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The
    Sun’s Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    2012 XM16, 2012 XM55, 2012 XP55, THERE ARE OVER 25 found
    just in the year 2012 that are part of the Near Earth Object
    Program that will come close to Earth from now till 2012 DA14 comes, Feb 14 – 16, 2013.

    You do not want to know how many are on the “PLANETARY DEFENSE” list.
    The PLANETARY DEFENSE is not to protect Earth from men from Mars.
    It
    is for all mankind with most all Nation in on it to stop if can most
    all collision with EARTH from a ASTEROID IMPACT. It is if you will a
    AVOIDANCE SHIELD. “N.E.O.S. Near Earth Object Shield”.

    If only
    one were to hit or IMPACT EARTH on land get ready for a winter you will
    never forget. The winter from 1883 -1884 KRAKATOA you will think was a
    little pebble, and now the stone comes.

    A Shock Wave was felt in England from a
    Event about 7:15 to 7:20 A.M. Siberia time in the morning in June of
    the year 1908 high in the sky above the Forest in the remote wilderness
    of Tunguska Siberia heard an explosion that laid flat more than 800
    square miles of the forest with all the trees pointing away from the
    center of the blast with most all the trees laying on their side. Some
    trees that were right below the blast were still there looking like
    telephone poles with no bark or branches left on them. This Asteroid did not even hit the Ground and this is known by most as the TUNGUSKA EVENT. For all that lived there it was WORMWOOD Rev 8:11 the wood became full of worms and the rivers water no longer sweet and undrinkable.

    If a Meteor Shower is big enough you might think all the stars are falling from Heaven.

    About one every 100 years makes it into the Earth’s Atmosphere big enough for all to take note. Some make it to the surface the signs are all over the Planet and moon from the ones that have.

    If you need a visual sign of a collided impact with a planet look to

    “SHOEMAKER – LEVY 9″ July 1994.

    You Need More Look up “PROJECT WORMWOOD” Revelations 8: 10 – 11 based on the “TUNGUSKA EVENT” 1908

    Better to be safe then sorry.

    GET READY

    Read your Bible
    While you still can,
    and May our Lord GOD Bless all that do so.
    John 14 : 6
    Luke 13 : 27
    Matthew 7 : 20 – 27

    Matthew 12:39

    Matthew 24:3 – 14

    The Lord’s Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    December 2013 the Heavens above COMET “C/2012 S1″, “ISON”.

    ALL ON EARTH WILL SEE THIS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. the night side of earth will become day and and day will be blinding bright.

    Shortly there after you will think the stars are falling from the Heavens,

    REV 6:13,

    REV 16:21

    most will be between 60 to 80 pounds that will make it to the ground surface. Nonstop 12 to 14 hours at a time for two days.

    from ISON long tail Jan 1-4, 2014 if it dose not consume Mars first and makes it around the SUN without the sun consuming it.

    P.S.
    Help others in are Lord’s name Jesus Christ help bring all to know him while you still can.Three kings that were wise men once flowed a star with a long tail 2,000 years ago. That lead them to Jesus Christ wise
    men still look to and hear are Lord Jesus Christ.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrei-Mihai/100000131447897 Andrei Mihai

    Paul, while we encourage all our readers to post, regardless of their religions (or none whatsoever), we like to stick to scientific facts here. The asteroid you mentioned will indeed make a close flyby, but there is no collision risk, see here: http://www.zmescience.com/space/astronomy-space/asteroid-2012-february-30012013/

    But you have something right, and that’s the Planetary defense system – many talented, hardworking people are trying their best to protect us from any impact with celestial bodies.

  • Paul Felix Schott

    THIS COMET ((C/ 2012 S1 (ISON)) VERY WELL COULD BE THE RECURRED COMET EVERY 333 YEARS IT WILL BE HEAR

    DECEMBER 24 – 26, 2013

    1680AD (C/1680 V1) (GREAT COMET) (NEWTON’S COMET) (PASSED BY EARTH NOVEMBER 30, 1680) IT WAS THE BRIGHTEST IN DECEMBER

    1347AD BLACK DEATH COMET AFTER PASSING THROUGH ITS LONG TAIL OF (COMET NEGRA)

    1014AD VERY LARGE TIDAL WAVES THE LARGEST EVER RECORDED FROM IMPACTS, ALL OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AFTER PASSING THROUGH ITS LONG TAIL. LEVELING WHOLE CITIES AND TOWN THAT WERE MILES INLAND.

    680 – 685AD

    348 AD

    IF THIS IS THAT COMET IT HAS BEEN SEEN FROM EARTH FOR MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS. ITS TAIL LAST TIME AROUND WAS AT 90 TO 96,000,000 MILLION MILES LONG, EARTH IS ONLY 92,960,000 MILLION MILES FROM THE SUN.

    As it was in Noah’s day nobody would listen to him giving the warning. Many thought it was funny till the rain water from the Comet would not stop for days on end. Very Sad for many will be sorry.
    Pray for your love ones and lead them to are LORD while you can.

    Matthew 24:37

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    May 16, 2013

    PS

    Earth will be going right through its tail in January 2014

  • WillyMan75

    Welp, 2012 DA14 passed by without incident, and it looks like ISON won’t get bright enough to see with the naked eye. Since you know so much about the bible, do you know what it says about false prophets?

    P.S. If you’re going to represent God, at least learn how to use proper grammar.