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Comets always seem to bring ‘em out of the wood work. There’s a scene from the 1998 movie Deep Impact where the president, played by Morgan Freeman, reveals a terrible truth… the U.S. government has known for over a year that a doomsday comet
Universe Today · 4/29/2013
We think a wayward comet is the leading culprit in the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But has a comet ever killed anyone? The Tunguska atomic bomb-sized blast in 1908 could have, if the comet had exploded over a city rather than …
Discovery Communications · 9/9/2013
The comet which astronomers had been watching with great interest because it was passing so close to the sun on Thursday appears to have been destroyed. Comet ISON, which had been branded the 'comet of the century,' was making its closest …
Daily Mail · 11/29/2013
Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) will peak in late November and should remain bright well into December. If predictions hold, it should be a naked-eye object before dawn during the second half of November and for the first 10 days of December and will look great ...
Astronomy Magazine · 11/1/2013
Right now, Comet ISON is making that journey. It began its trip from the Oort cloud region of our solar system and is now travelling toward the sun. The comet will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day — Nov. 28, 2013 — skimming ...
Space Fellowship · 7/19/2013
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has acquired its first images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The images were taken by the spacecraft's Medium-Resolution Imager over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013, from a distance of 493 …
Jet Propulsion Laboratory · 2/5/2013
Excitement has been growing in recent months over the approach of Comet ISON. Like other comets, this chunk of rock and ice is following a long, elliptical orbit around the Sun, and like other comets, when it nears the Sun later this year, its trailing ...
Voice of America · 5/18/2013
While most Americans are looking forward to November 28 this year to (over)indulge in turkey and gratitude, astronomers have another reason to count down the days. That’s when Comet ISON, the Great Comet of 2013, will reach its closest approach to …
Discover Magazine · 10/10/2013
When ISON was discovered from Russia ... now because it is far from the Sun and so may be found much earlier in the morning in a darker sky. Comet Lovejoy, also known as C/2013 R1, was already just visible with the unaided eye in early November and ...
Skymania News · 11/16/2013
Comets will always surprise us—sometimes to our disappointment. It looks like comet ISON, or most of it, did not survive its encounter with the Sun yesterday, when it made a close approach at just 1.2 million km from that fiery surface. This distance ...
Ars Technica · 12/1/2013

Comet ISON

Comet ISON, formally known as C/2012 S1, was a sungrazing comet discovered on 21 September 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom …
Comet ISON, formally known as C/2012 S1, was a sungrazing comet discovered on 21 September 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. The discovery was made using the 0.4-meter reflector of the International Scientific Optical Network near Kislovodsk, Russia. Data processing was carried out by automated asteroid-discovery program CoLiTec. Precovery images by the Mount Lemmon Survey from 28 December 2011 and by Pan-STARRS from 28 January 2012 were quickly located. Follow-up observations were made on 22 September by a team from Remanzacco Observatory in Italy using the iTelescope network. The discovery was announced by the Minor Planet Center on 24 September. Observations by Swift in January 2013 suggested that Comet ISON's nucleus was around 5 kilometers in diameter. Later estimates …
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