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'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be the comet of the century

A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. Get ready for a once-in-a lifetime light show

David Whitehouse | The Independent

At the moment it is a faint object, visible only in sophisticated telescopes as a point of light moving slowly against the background stars. It doesn't seem much – a frozen chunk of rock and ice – one of many moving in the depths of space. But this one is being tracked with eager anticipation by astronomers from around the world, and in a year everyone could know its name.

Comet Ison could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations – brighter even than the full Moon.

It was found as a blur on an electronic image of the night sky taken through a telescope at the Kislovodsk Observatory in Russia as part of a project to survey the sky looking for comets and asteroids – chunks of rock and ice that litter space. Astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok were expecting to use the International Scientific Optical Network's (Ison) 40cm telescope on the night of 20 September but clouds halted their plans.

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i live in pa and have been seeing a comet like object since before christmas. is this what we are seeing ? the weird thing is that it flashes or blinks not in a rhythm but random. is that normal ? and what is it? thanking anyone in advance for answers they can give
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Comet Ison C/2012 S1 WTF NASA?

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Lol!

"Put one of yer HAARP, magical, magnifying devices ONnit." First time I've seen this guy.

I vote for the name Comet Nudity.

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lol thanks

That was pretty damn funny. "If you like it and you want it put a camera on it." Lmao

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JPL link

For those that enjoy watching where it is within our solar system you may want to bookmark this link and you do need current Java:

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=C%2F2012%20S1;orb=1;co...

I find it a pretty fun hobby.

March and April 2013 could also be eventful :)

Another comet, called 2014 L4 (PanSTARRS), was discovered last year and in March and April it could also be a magnificent object in the evening sky. 2013 could be the year of the great comets.

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There were a bunch of

There were a bunch of pictures of that PanSTARRS comet in the evening sky, but I wasn't able to see it once.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

If only...

If only this were the kind of story we could focus on and discuss. If only we lived in a country that was skyrocketing towards Mars instead of Marxism. If only our heroes were star explorers instead of rock stars. If only our children inherited a robust republic instead of corrupt corporatism. If only....

Gold. Guns. Girls.

Here we go again.

Oh please, NOT again.
First it was Planet Niburi.
Then, it was the Mayan Dec. 21, 2012.
Now...It's gonna be brighter than a full moon.
Why is it always some future event.
Hey, wake me up and just let me know when it gets here, OK.
I'm tired of waiting for all these prognastic/predictions and they all fizzle out...with explanations of course.
Let me guess...It was too early to predict the exact path and that's why we will get this prediction wrong too.
Geez, When will we ever get a break from all the doomsday predictors?
The World's a coming to an end...I could never get that lucky.
Oops I forgot the Y2K stuff too.

Gonna call DiggyMo out on his BULLLSH..

it.

Hey Diggy...watch the WHOLE video, Sir.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

someone call u a tin foil just wearer too many times?

And now anything science related future event make you afraid to be called a tin foil hat wearer again?
Relax bro.

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well

they prefer to be called niburoians from the planet
niburon
they are a warrior race,this isn't the first time they have
been here
ancient samurai texts speak of a warrior race here on earth
they made the amazon their home after the crash landing
called the niburo,a warrior race of females who used conquest
to steal the males for breeding and livestock
it is reported that they were friends of ZENA THE WARRIOR PRINCESS
and were always on the look out for Kevin Sorbo....err
i meant HERCULES, for obvious reasons :)
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depressiuon

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Maybe if you actually read the post

You'd know that there is nothing 'doomsday' about it. It is just a comet.

It is going to be pretty.
It is going to be neat.
We'll see it slingshot around the sun!
Down the alley, then back up the street!

I can't wait! I'm going to go someplace dark to see it.

Thanks emalvini for posting! Don't let the boo birds get you down!

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Something to look forward to

Thank you for posting.

Plenty of Time

to buy my Nike shoes and mix up the Kool-Aide drink. I missed the last opportunity to hitch a ride off this messed up planet. I'm not going to miss this one.

Tom Cruise and I will be partying it up on planet Zoolu this time next year.

Reminds me of an old joke...

Did you hear about the last Heaven's Gate member that they found several weeks after the others?

He was under the sink behind the comet.