The Comet of The Century at Christmas 2013!

February 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, late night studies, science and technology, web gossip)


Having survived the scare of 2012, the fascination of wandering space chunks does continue!  More recent updates are presented that give details about other objects that will present displays to Planet Earth.  A recent report relays information on a comet travelling inward from the edges of the solar system, likely to be a sight to see later this year!

Comet C/20012 S1, also called Comet ISON, is being eyed currently, mostly with curiousity and intrigue.  This one is not going to pose any threat to the planet, yet it is expected to be a sight that will rival anything that will be seen for over one hundred years.  This comet is supposed to illuminate the night skies with such intensity that scientists already are planning to label it as a “comet of the century”!

The comet will fly past The Sun around November 28.  It is supposed to pass at a distance of 800,000 miles from the surface of our star.  Supposedly, it could survive the incredible heat, and the possible coronal mass ejections, so it will continue on a journey back into the solar system.  The power of The Sun’s heat will cause more dust and gas to be released from Comet ISON, allowing it to have an exceptionally lengthy and luminous tail as it approaches Earth on it’s outward journey.

Scientists with N.A.S.A. have been studying Comet ISON, though it was discovered by Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok.  These scientists worked with The International Scientific Optical Network at Kislovodsk, Russia.  There, the team of scientists have been studying Comet ISON as it has passed through the outer regions of our solar system, including the intrigues of The Oort Cloud.

Comet ISON will pass nearest to Earth on December 26, 2013.  At that point, the comet will be at a distance of 40 million miles from our world.  Certified scientists are stating that this comet is NOT a threat to us, and it is NOT going to strike the planet!  There is no need to fear…..

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-probe-snaps-photos-potential-comet-century-115251441.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0206/Comet-ISON-NASA-releases-first-photos-of-comet-of-the-century-video
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-047&rn=news.xml&rst=3681
http://science.nasa.gov/…/science-at-nasa-2013/18jan_cometison
http://www.planetary.org/…/2013/02051500-deep-impact-ison.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45XUzf_741A
 Comet Animation
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