IS THIS IT? ITS SCARY LOOKING
THIS MIGHT BE COMET HOLMES
IT IS HEADED TOWARDS JUPITER
IT COULD POSSIBLY BECOME A MOON OF JUPITER
IT'S ORBIT WILL CHANGE WHEN IT PASSES JUPITER
In this frame grab taken from enhanced video made by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft, comet ISON,
left, approaches the sun on November 25, 2013. Comet Encke is shown just below ISON, the sun is to the right just outside the frame.
ISON, which was discovered a year ago, is making its first spin around the sun and will come closest to the
super-hot solar surface on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at 1:37 p.m. EST.
Hopes were briefly raised when a dull streak was seen in Soho imagery
IT HAS NOT RETURNED FROM ITS JOURNEY INTO THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE
Dee Finney's blog
start date July 20, 2011
today's date october 6, 2012
TOPIC: THE BRIGHTEST COMET EVER SEEN IN HUMAN HISTORY
ISON DIES IN AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE SUN
The movie spans a day and a half period from Nov. 27th (01:41 UT) to 28th (15:22 UT). We see that Comet ISON brightened dramatically on Nov. 27th before fading on Nov. 28th. That brightening might have been a disintegration event, in which the comet cracked open and spilled its vaporizing contents into space.
In summary, we still don't know for sure what has happened to Comet ISON. Stay tuned for updates as more data arrive from NASA's fleet of solar observatories.Solar flare alerts: text, voice
Realtime Comet ISON Photo Gallery
WHICH SIDE OF THE SUN IS FACING COMET ISON? When Comet ISON sweeps through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th, it will be in the 'hot zone' for CMEs. A strike by one of the massive storm clouds probably wouldn't destroy the comet, but it could have a dramatic effect on the comet's fragile tail. The odds of a strike depend on which side of the sun is facing the comet at the time of the flyby. This is something you can monitor using a NASA iPhone app called theInterplanetary 3D Sun:
IT'S COMING SOON AND COULD CHANGE THE ORBIT OF MARS
10-3-13 ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE BETWEEN COMET ISON AND MARS - AS PREDICTED
Comet ISON near to its close approach to Mars, imaged together from the 2 meter Liverpool Telescope. Credit: Remanzacco Observatory/Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes, and Martino Nicolini/NSO Liverpool Telescope
Comet ISON made its closest approach to Mars yesterday (October 1, 2013) at a distance of 10.5 million km (6.5 million miles). While we await to find out if attempts to image the comet by spacecraft on the surface (update: those images are in—see them here) and in orbit of Mars were successful, astronomers from Earth were able to capture the two planetary bodies together.
You can see the two planetary bodies together in one image below from Ari Koutsouradis in Maryland, but the Remanzacco Observatory team obtained images of Comet ISON as it passed by Mars using the 2 meter Liverpool Telescope. This main image above consists of a stack of 20 exposures, 11 seconds each.
Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and new team member Martino Nicolini produced this image, showing a "well developed coma and tail measuring at least 3 arc minutes," the trio wrote on their website.
This image, directly above, taken early this morning by Ari Koutsouradis in Maryland, shows both Mars and the comet in one image, although it highlights the relative distance between the two. Koutsouradis said via Flickr that the comet was not visible with an eyepiece on the scope, but the image stack did manage to bring it out.
During the observations by the Remanzacco team, they wanted to look to see if they could discern additional jet structures on the comet, which had been reported by other observers. Howes told Universe Today, however, the are still looking at their observations to analyze this.
"There was some debate as to the existence of additional jet structures on the comet," Howes said via email. "Our data analysis seems to show that some reports of this were possibly spurious, however, our one process does seem to show a possible small jet, which a 2m class instrument would be able to detect. Our analysis is undergoing additional review and peer checking with our collaborators in the USA. The scientific analysis of this comet and its inner coma is ongoing, and being monitored closely."
Update: Later in the day on October 2nd, The Remanzacco team obtained
analysis from their U.S collaboration partners. Using their data from the 2m
Liverpool telescope, and after processing by Dr. Nalin Samarasinha of the
Planetary Science Institute, they have conclusively confirmed a sunward facing
feature on Comet ISON. This feature has been seen in previous ISON observations
and was also seen in observations with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-comet-ison-mars-imaged-approach.html#jCp
|Astronomers are excited about a sungrazing comet
discovered late in 2012. Around the time of its perihelion – or
closest approach to the sun – on November 28, 2013, it could become a
striking object visible to the eye alone even in broad daylight. This
comet is called C/2012 S1 (ISON) by astronomers. All of us around the
globe should be able to see it. Look below for a month-by-month
Comet ISON viewing schedule. And check out the image below,
acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 10.
Late in 2012, astronomers discovered a distant sungrazing comet that got many people very excited. Around the time of its perihelion – or closest approach to the sun – on November 28, 2013, Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) has the potential to become a striking object visible to the eye alone. Will Comet ISON become a legendary comet of the century? It might. But it might not. Comet ISON will come within 800,000 miles (1.2 million km) of our sun’s surface on November 28. That’s over 100 times closer to the sun than Earth. This close pass to the sun might cause Comet ISON to break to pieces, and, if that happens, the comet might fizzle. Or ISON might emerge from perihelion bright enough to see easily with the eye, with a long comet tail that stretches across a quarter of the sky. Comets are notoriously unpredictable. Still, this comet is one you’ll want to watch.
Comet ISON will come within 800,000 miles (1.2 million km) of our sun’s surface on November 28. That’s over 100 times closer to the sun than Earth. This close pass to the sun might cause Comet ISON to break to pieces. If it doesn’t break up, Comet ISON should become very bright. It might bright enough to see in daylight, near the sun, briefly. If it survives, it should go on to have a dazzling showing in December 2013.
Projected Comet ISON on the morning of December 10, 2013. The view is toward the east before dawn. Chart via Dave Eagle at www.eagleseye.me.uk. Used with permission.
Comet ISON will be visible in both the morning and evening sky in December 2013. This view is looking west on the evening of the December 18, 2013. Chart via Dave Eagle at www.eagleseye.me.uk. Used with permission
Comet ISON month-by-month in late 2013.
August and September 2013. The comet should become visible in August and September 2013 to observers at dark locations using small telescopes or possibly even binoculars.
October 2013. Comet ISON should become visible to the unaided eye, but only barely in the early part of the month. The comet will be sweeping in front of the constellation Leo then. It’ll pass first near Leo’s brightest star Regulus, then near the planet Mars. Maybe these brighter objects will help you find it that month. Meanwhile, the comet itself will be getting brighter during October.
November 2013. Comet ISON will continue to brighten throughout the month as it nears its late November perihelion (closest point to our sun). Plus ISON will pass very close to the bright star Spica and the planet Saturn, both in the constellation Virgo. Its perihelion (closest point to our sun) on November 28 will be an exciting time. The comet will come within 800,000 miles (1.2 million km) of our sun’s surface. If all goes well, and the comet doesn’t break up (as comets sometimes do), the terrific heating Comet ISON will undergo when it’s closest to our parent star might turn the comet into a brilliant object. Some are predicting that ISON will become as bright as a full moon! That would make Comet ISON a daylight object, briefly. Remember, though, at perihelion, Comet ISON will appear close to the sun on the sky’s dome (only 4.4° north of the sun on November 28). Although the comet will be bright, you’ll need to look carefully to see it in the sun’s glare. Some expert help around this time might be called for, and we’ll announce comet-viewing parties as we hear about them.
December 2013. This may be the best month to see Comet ISON, assuming it has survived its close pass near the sun intact. The comet will be visible both in the evening sky after sunset and in the morning sky before sunrise. As ISON’s distance from the sun increases, it’ll grow dimmer. But, for a time, it should be as bright as our sky’s brightest planet, Venus, and it should have a long comet tail. People all over Earth will be able to see it, but it’ll be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere as 2013 draws to a close.
January 2014. Will ISON still be visible to the eye? Hopefully. And on January 8, 2014, the comet will lie only 2° from Polaris — the North Star.
How bright will it be? How long will its tail be? No one can answer these questions yet, but many are excited about this comet.
C/2012 S1 comet heading toward Earth could outshine Moon in 2013/p>
Photo taken September 26, 2012
Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/333993#ixzz28ZOt4N6W
UPDATE 3-24-13 - BOTH MARS AND COMET 2012 (ISON) IS GOING BEHIND THE SUN WHERE WE CAN'T SEE THEM
AT THE SAME TIME
THIS WILL HAPPEN BETWEEN APRIL 19, 2013 AND JULY 2013
THE COMET WILL BE GOING THROUGH THE ASTEROID BELT DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME.
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THAT PERIOD.
THIS COMET IS GOING TO INTERACT WITH EVERY PLANET IT COMES NEAR, INCLUDING MERCURY, VENUS, AND MARS
THE COMET IN OCTOBER 2012 IS NEAR JUPITER - ITS STILL FAR AWAY BUT CAN BE SEEN
THERE IS ALREADY AN ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE BETWEEN VENUS AND JUPITER AND THE COMET, AND A COMET TAIL SHOULD BE SEEN BEHIND VENUS AS WELL
IT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BY EARTH BEFORE
THE NEW MOON WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 13, 2012 - LATE HURRICANE ACTIVITY MAY HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE MOON
MARS WILL BE IN THE COMA OF THE COMET WHEN IT ARRIVES - THE ALIGNMENTS OF THE MOON WITH THE PLANETS AND THE COMET WILL CREATE A LOT OF ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE
WATCH FOR VENUS IN THE EARLY MORNING BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP - THERE IS A TRIANGULAR ALIGNMENT IN NOVEMBER AND THE NEW MOON
NOVEMBER 27, 2012 MERCURY WILL HAVE AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTION WITH THE COMET
THERE MAY BE SOME ACTIVITY ON THE SUN BECAUSE OF MERCURY
JANUARY 15, 2013 - THERE WILL BE EARTH ACTIVITY OF BAD WEATHER BECAUSE OF THE COMET COMBINED WITH THE NEW MOON ON JANUARY 13, 2013. THE 15TH AND 16TH WILL HAVE EARTH INTERACTION WITH THE COMET
IN FEBRUARY WILL BE ANOTHER TIME AROUND THE 15TH BETWEEN EARTH AND THE COMET.
SEE IF SOHO SHUTS DOWN TO HIDE WHAT IT IS SEEING
MAY 22, 2013 WILL ALSO HAVE MERCURY ACTIVE WHILE THE COMET IS MOVING IN. THE COMET WILL BECOME EXCITED AS IT GETS CLOSER TO THE PLANETS AND THE SUN
IN JUNE ON THE 4TH, THE COMET WILL BE 3 1/2 AUs FROM THE SUN
IN AUGUST OF 2012 - WILL BE ANOTHER ALIGNMENT - WATCH AND SEE IF SOHO GETS SHUT DOWN DURING THIS PERIOD TO HIDE WHAT IS GOING ON
THE COMET WILL BE 15 TIMES BRIGHTER THAN THE MOON
IT COULD BE WITHIN 2 MILLION MILES OF THE SUN BY NOVEMBER 29, 2012
WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THIS COMET DURING THE DAY, AND WILL SEE IT FOR 6 YEARS.
IT'S GOING TO BE BIGGER THAN HALE BOPP
WE WILL SEE A LOT OF ACTIVITY BETWEEN THE COMET AND THE PLANETS DURING 2013 AND 2014
IT WILL BE IN DIRECT ALIGNMENT ELECTRICALLY WITH THE PLANETS ON JANUARY 13, 2013
EARTH WILL HAVE ELECTRICAL CONTACT WITH THE COMET ON JANUARY 15, 2013
IT COULD ALSO CAUSE MAJOR HURRICANES ON EARTH
WE HAVE MANY TELESCOPES ON EARTH TO SEE NEAR EARTH OBJECTS, BUT NO OR LITTLE INFORMATION GETS TO THE PUBLIC
AN ASTEROID IS SUPPOSED TO HIT ANTARTICA BUT NO INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE NOW - THE INFORMATION WAS PULLED FROM THE INTERNET AFTER IT WAS POSTED - THIS COULD HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS OF 2012
THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF EARTH COULD BE AFFECTED SERIOUSLY WHEN THE COMET GOES PAST
IT WILL GO PAST MARS ON OCTOBER 3, 2013
OCTOBER 23, 2013 - THE COMET WILL BE INTERACTING WITH THE PLANET MARS
IT WILL GET VERY CLOSE TO MARS - WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE MARS EARLY IN THE MORNING BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP
MARS WILL CHANGE ITS ORBIT SIGNIFICANTLY
THE COMET MAY CHANGE ITS ORBIT AS WELL
THE OLYMPUS MONS OF MARS STICKS UP PAST THE ATMOSPHERE OF MARS - LOOK FOR CHANGES THERE
MARS WILL DISAPPEAR INTO THE TAIL OF THE COMET
WHEN IT LEAVES MARS, THE ATMOSPHERE OF MARS WILL CHANGE
RIGHT NOW WE DON'T KNOW HOW LARGE THIS COMET IS COMPARED TO MARS. WHICHEVER ONE IS LARGER WILL CAUSE MORE HAVOC THAN THE OTHER
GRAVITY IS AN ACCELERATOR OF THESE OBJECTS
SCIENCE IS SENT TO THE PUBLIC FROM TIERS OF KNOWLEDGE
WHAT THE PUBLIC GETS IS FROM TIER 2
THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD GET THE HIGHER TIER KNOWLEDGE AND DOESN'T PAST IT ON
4% OF TIER 2 GETS SOME KNOWLEDGE ON A NEED TO KNOW SECURITY BASIS
EVEN THE MAGAZINE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN DOESN'T HAVE ANY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
THE GOVERNMENT WILL HOLD BACK ON THIS INFORMATION TO THE PERIL OF THE PEOPLE
IF THE 800 METER ASTEROID HITS ANTARTICA, IT COULD CAUSE A HUGE TSUNAMI
PUERTO RICO HELD A SEMINAR FOR ALL ITS CITIZENS LAST WEEK TO PREPARE TO SAVE 5 YEARS WORTH OF FOOD AND WATER
THE QUESTION IS WHY? DOES PUERTO RICO KNOW SOMETHING THE REST OF HUMANITY DOES NOT?
WHEN COMET ELENIN CAME BY, THERE WAS A LOT OF HYPE ABOUT IT, BUT THIS COMET IS NOT GETTING ANY OF THAT
THAT SHOWS THEY ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING
THIS COMET IS GOING TO PASS EARTH TWICE DURING ITS JOURNEY
ITS GOING TO GET WITHIN 1.6 MILLION MILES OF THE SUN
THAT IN ITSELF COULD CAUSE A CHANGE IN ITS ORBIT
THE NASA SPACE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN - ONLY PRIVATE RICH MEN ARE WORKING ON THE SPACE PROGRAMS NOW
NOTES: 1-25-13 - JUPITER AND THE COMET ARE NOW INTERACTING. THE COMET IS CURRENTLY IN THE ORBIT OF JUPITER.
JUPITER-EARTH CONNECTION IS STRONG AND CAUSING EARTH WEATHER PROBLEMS.
I JUST PURCHASED SOME ASTRONOMICAL BINOCULARS FROM AMAZON.COM AS JAMES MCCANNEY RECOMMENDS. I ALSO GOT A TRIPOD BECAUSE BINOCULARS GET JIGGLY WHEN YOU HOLD THEM IN YOUR HANDS. THE TRIPOD WAS CHEAP. THE BINOCULARS ARE ON SALE - SO GET THEM EARLY.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
A new comet has been discovered that is predicted to blaze incredibly brilliantly in the skies during late 2013. With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometres from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will dazzle the eye at up to magnitude —16. That's far brighter than the full Moon. If predictions hold true then C/2012 S1 will certainly be one of the greatest comets in human history, far outshining the memorable Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997 and very likely to outdo the long-awaited Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) which is set to stun in March 2013.
The new comet, named C/2012 S1 (ISON) was found by the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) in Russia on 21 September when astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok captured it on CCD images taken through a 0.4-metre reflector. Its near-parabolic orbit suggests that it has arrived fresh from the Oort Cloud, a vast zone of icy objects orbiting the Sun, pristine remnants of the formation of the Solar System.
C/2012 S1 currently resides in the northwestern corner of Cancer. At magnitude +18 it is too dim to be seen visually but it will be within the reach of experienced amateur astronomers with CCD equipment in the coming months as it brightens. It is expected to reach binocular visibility by late summer 2013 and a naked eye object in early November of that year. Northern hemisphere observers are highly favoured. Following its peak brightness in late November it will remain visible without optical aid until mid-January 2014.
Comet brightness predictions sometimes exceed their performance. Amateur astronomers of a certain age may remember the Comet Kohoutek hype of 1973 – not quite the 'damp squib' it has been portrayed, since it reached naked eye visibility! Even if C/2012 S1 takes on the same light curve as Kohoutek it is certain to be spectacular, quite possibly a once-in-a-civilisation's-lifetime event.
Published on Sep 29, 2012 by dutchsinse
Coming next year -- currently between Jupiter and Saturn .. will be half as bright as the sun.. magnitude -16 !!!!! .. In perspective the sun is -26 .. hale-bopp was -1 .
http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012...r-comet-c2012-... see DUTCHSINSE VIDEO HERE
“..C/2012 S1 …. ‘will be one of the greatest comets in human history’ far outshining hale-bopp..”
“Right now, 2012 S1 appears to be about 615 million miles (990 million kilometers) from Earth, between the orbits of Saturn and Jupiter, astronomers say.”
“It’s thought that this is the first time this particular comet has ever passed through the inner solar system – meaning it’s never been blasted by the sun before.
Its brightness magnitude is expected to be -16. In comparison, the sun has a magnitude of -26, and Comet Hale-Bopp was magnitude -1.”
Published September 27, 2012
If astronomers' early predictions hold true, the holidays next year may hold a glowing gift for stargazers—a superbright comet, just discovered streaking near Saturn.
Even with powerful telescopes, comet 2012 S1 (ISON) is now just a faint glow in the constellation Cancer. But the ball of ice and rocks might become visible to the naked eye for a few months in late 2013 and early 2014—perhaps outshining the moon, astronomers say.
The comet is already remarkably bright, given how far it is from the sun, astronomer Raminder Singh Samra said. What's more, 2012 S1 seems to be following the path of the Great Comet of 1680, considered one of the most spectacular ever seen from Earth.
"If it lives up to expectations, this comet may be one of the brightest in history," said Samra, of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, Canada.
So what makes a comet a showstopper? A lot depends on how much gas and dust is blasted off the central core of ice and rocks. The bigger the resulting cloud and tail, the more reflective the body may be.
Because 2012 S1 appears to be fairly large—possibly approaching two miles (three kilometers) wide—and will fly very close to the sun, astronomers have calculated that the comet may shine brighter, though not bigger, than the full moon in the evening sky.
Refugee From the Edge of the Solar System?
First spotted late last week by Russian astronomers Artyom Novichonok and Vitali Nevski of the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON), comet 2012 S1 was confirmed by the International Astronomical Union on Monday.
But while we know what 2012 S1 is, it's still unclear where it came from. Its orbit suggests the comet may be a runaway from the Oort cloud, where billions of comets orbit about a hundred thousand times farther from the sun than Earth is.
"For astronomers, these distant origins are exciting," Samra said, "because it allows us to study one of the oldest objects in the solar system still in its original, pristine condition."
New Comet Bound for Glory?
Right now, 2012 S1 appears to be about 615 million miles (990 million kilometers) from Earth, between the orbits of Saturn and Jupiter, astronomers say.
As the sun's gravity pulls the comet closer, it should pass about 6.2 million miles (10 million kilometers) from Mars—possibly a unique photo opportunity for NASA's new Curiosity rover.
Current orbital predictions indicate the comet will look brightest to us in the weeks just after its closest approach to the sun, on November 28, 2013—if 2012 S1 survives the experience.
As the comet comes within about 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) of the sun, the star's intense heat and gravity could cause the ice and rubble to break apart, scotching the sky show. (Related: "Comet Seen Vaporizing in Sun's Atmosphere—A First.")
"While some predictions suggest it may become as bright as the full moon, and even visible during the day, one should be cautious when predicting how exciting a comet may get," Samra said.
"Some comets have been notorious for creating a buzz but failing to put on a dazzling display," he said. "Only time will tell."
"... and one last note to the Mayan death and doom-mongers: the universe apologizes but, despite its name, 2012 S1 is actually arriving in 2013 holiday season."