Coming in 2013: The Comet of the Century?

If early observations are any indication, we could be in for a real sky-show next fall

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Within days after a new comet is first discovered, astronomers can tell you exactly what its path through the solar system will look like. They can calculate when it will make its closest approach to the Sun, how near it will be to Earth at any given moment and even when — or whether — it’s likely to make a return visit.

What they can’t say for sure is how brilliant a show it will put on for us. Back in the 1970’s, Comet Kohoutek was billed as the “Comet of the Century,” but it turned out to be so disappointing that it ended up as a laugh line for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Even a well-known comet like Halley’s, whose 1986 appearance was ballyhooed years in advance, can turn out to be a dud.

With that caveat noted, however, there’s a reasonable chance that Earth is in for a celestial display just about a year from now. Comet ISON, discovered by two amateurs — one from Belarus, one from Russia — in September, shows early signs of being truly spectacular. At its brightest, in fact, ISON could put out as much light as the full Moon but concentrated into a smaller area — and if that turns out to be true, the term “dream comet,” now floating around the internet, would be an understatement.

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There’s a legitimate possibility this might indeed be the real deal: for one thing, ISON (named for the International Scientific Optical Network, of which discoverers Artyom Novichonok and Vitali Nevski members) was first seen when it was nearly 600 million miles (965 million km) from the Sun, well beyond the orbit of Jupiter. That’s unusually distant for a comet to be spotted: these interplanetary chunks of debris usually live in the frigid realms out beyond Neptune and are more or less invisible until solar heat begins boiling ice and dust from their surfaces, forming a light-reflecting halo (known technically as its coma), that makes them seem bigger than they really are.

The fact that ISON can already be seen means it may be reasonably large — perhaps a couple of miles across — which suggests that when it dips to less than a million miles (1.6 million km) above the Sun’s fires next November 28, it may be robust enough to avoid the breakup that often happens to smaller comets. And if it does survive, ISON could go on to light up the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere for much of December, 2013 and on into January.

Comet experts are also making much of the fact that ISON’s path is very similar to that of Kirch’s Comet, a.k.a. Newton’s Comet, a.k.a. the Great Comet of 1680, which was bright enough to be seen in daylight and had a magnificently long tail (it was also the first comet ever discovered with a telescope). It’s not the same object, but it’s quite possible that both  are chunks of a much larger body that broke apart long ago, maybe during its own passage through the inner solar system. The fact that such larger bodies exist isn’t in doubt: Pluto, for example, is essentially a gigantic chunk of dirty ice.

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If ISON is truly destined to become one of the greatest comets in history, we won’t have to wait until November to find out. By August, it will still be more than 200 million miles (320 million km) from the Sun, but that’s close enough for it to start forming its halo. How bright it is then should be a good indication of how much brighter it could get.

Even then, comet-lovers would be wise to stay calm. “Comets are like cats,” the great amateur astronomer and comet hunter David Levy, who has found 22 comets himself, has said. “They have tails, and they do precisely what they want.”

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120 comments
ForrestCarr
ForrestCarr

Interested in comet doomsday theories?  Already the Internet is abuzz with this one (Google "comet ISON black death" and see for yourself).  Want more?  Comet ISON plays a role in my new just-published science fiction novel, "A Journal of the Crazy Year."

-- FC

OliverCatolos
OliverCatolos

The comet of the century… could be the other version of humanities struggle?

Or the best definition of the ages to come from both sides of international conspiracy. It tells the world policy on mysterious leadership. On between

prophecy and mankind’s destiny. The differences of relationship lies a profound

explanation on searching for ultimate sign of mystic origin. The variability of

such cases denote a phenomenal integration to spontaneous changes in our

world vision.

Thus this comet introduces an aspect of past lives that connect a relativity and metaphorical conclusion. While the astronomical data defines Comet ISON at

the beginning of man’s history and provide a new legacy on the matter of

infinite stars that compromise our universe.

Oliver Catolos

Tanay Rizal

Philippines

solardowork
solardowork

Largest ever seen in the last 200 years or more, Moon Impact Explosion March 17, 2013.

More small ones Asteroids to Impact, you do not want to be by tall building
if a big enough one impact the earth most all the tall building if not all will
fall.



Father like son both Archimedes and his Father Phidias the Astronomer were
well know to all wise men of their day that studied the Heavens Above. Long ago
Wicked men dried to wipe out Archimedes and his Father Phidias from the History
Books.

More small ones very likely large ones less likely without notice
with all the eyes looking to the Heavens Above.

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. Krakatoa was a great mountain till
it erupted with fire and a blast heard thousands of miles away that cast that
Great Mountain into the sea. The Shock Waves were felt around the Globe. The sea
was full of Bodies from the Tsunamis more then 35,000 of them, the sea stayed
red for weeks. 1884 was a year without a summer as the year 1816 was and many
world wide Froze to Death from the KRAKATOA Event.

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. Ron Suggs  at NASA  Marshall Space Flight Center watched the largest ever seen in the last 200 years or more Moon impact explosion March 17, 2013.



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

"SHOEMAKER - LEVY 9" July 1994.

and it was found only a year before in 1993.

The impacts lasted for hours and some pieces were over a mile in diameter.



You Need More Look up "PROJECT
WORMWOOD" Revelations 8: 10 - 11 based on the "TUNGUSKA EVENT" 1908

MOSCOW Russia is now saying it will use missiles
to intercept Asteroid if need be.



Better to be safe then sorry.

GET READY

Read the one and only book
that will really matter the 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


December 2013 the Heavens above COMET "C/2012
S1", "ISON".

The day will come soon enough when

ALL ON EARTH WILL SEE THIS NO MATTER WHERE YOU
ARE. the night side of earth will become day and  day will be blinding
bright. The Bow Shock from the Photo Electric Effect from the Sun's Solar Wind
will really be something.

The sun will be block out from all the space dust.

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.

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.

The wicked for thousands of years have tried to
wipe are LORD from the History Books.

THIS COMET ((C/ 2012 S1 (ISON)) VERY WELL COULD BE or is 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


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. ITS TAIL IS MUCH LONGER EACH TIME IT COMES BACK. HOW LONG THIS TIME?

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 our 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 path in January 14-16, 2014

MichaelCollins
MichaelCollins

If this happened 2000 years ago, someone would likely start some religion or another based on lack of knowledge about the nature of these things.  Oh, wait....

shrisak
shrisak

This is the Bible Codes Comet.  We've been talking about it for 5 years at  http://comet2012.com.  The Bible Codes clearly predicted this event.   There was confusion that the event was going to take place in 2012 until it was realized that comets are named in the year in which they are found.



rocksnstars
rocksnstars

What all these articles miss: the only time it MIGHT be as bright as the full moon is when it is VERY VERY CLOSE to the sun in the daytime sky.  If it survives the close encounter with the sun, by the time it gets into a dark sky (REQUIRED for a spectacular show), it will probably be at most 1/100th as bright as the full moon.   That still could be a marvelous sky show, but for the full effect, you'll have to get to a dark observing site early in the morning just before dawn the first week of Dec.

CometCon
CometCon

IF IT IS NOT THE SAME COMET HOW COME I CAN TRACE THE PERIODIC RETURN  (333 YEARS) FOR THE LAST FOUR REVOLUTIONS BEFORE THE PATTERN VARIES TO 340+ YEARS? 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

ENCLOSED IS PART OF THE UNTOLD STORY OF COMET ISON WHCIH HAS BEEN SEEN QUITE REGULARLY THROUGH OUT HISTORY: IT MAY EVEN BE THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM. THERE'S MORE TO THE STORY IF YOU WOULD LKE IT.

2013 - THE YEAR OF THE COMET THE UNTOLD STORY
On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM
NOVEMBER 2013 COMET ISON:
(1) CALLED BY ONE ASTRONOMER A "ONCE IN A CIVILIZATION" COMET, IT MAY ACTUALLY BE A ONCE IN 333 YEARS COMET; TWIN IN ORBIT TO THE GREAT COMET OF 1680 WHICH SO TERRIFIED EUROPEANS AND NEW ENGLANDERS THAT DAYS OF FASTING AND ATONEMENT WERE ORDERED IN NEW YORK CITY AND GERMANY!
(2) GOTTFRIED KIRCH, AN ALMANAC AUTHOR, WHO WAS THE FIRST TO USE A TELESCOPE TO SEARCH FOR COMETS -" IT WAS 1ST SEEN 14 NOVEMBER AS A MORNING STAR BUT DID NOT BECOME SPECTACULAR UNTIL AFTER IT CIRCLED THE SUN (PERIHELION) 24 DECEMBER: EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: [IT HAD] "TERRIBLE APPEARANCE, SEEMED AS THOUGH THE HEAVENS WERE BURNING AS IF THE VERY AIR WAS ON FIRE." -ENGLAND 16 DECEMBER "NOT FAR FROM THE HORIZON IT FILLED THE SKY -SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST".
(3) UNDER THE NAME COMET NEGRA IN 1347 IT HERALDED THE BUBONIC PLAGUE OR BLACK DEATH OF 1347 -1352 WHEREIN DIED 1/4 OF EUROPE (25 MILLION)- 15 MILLION IN CHINA. ONE EARLY ASTRONOMER NOTES -"BEGINNING 17 DECEMBER THERE BEGAN IN THE MORNING SKY A GREAT BAND OF FIRE - NORTH TO SOUTH" -EXACTLY AS IT APPEARED IN 1680.
(4) FURTHER INTO ANTIQUITY, NO LESSER SOURCE THAN NAZI-HUNTER ELIE WIESEL PROVIDES EVIDENCE IN HIS NOVEL ABOUT A GREAT ANCESTOR -RASHI -ABOUT RABBI SHLOMO YITZCHAKI GREAT BIBLICAL AND TALMUDIC COMMENTATOR OF THE MIDDLE AGES: "APOCALYPTIC MOOD PREVAILED AROUND 1000AD FURTHER INFLAMED BY APPEARANCE OF A FIERY COMET IN 1014." EXACTLY 1347 -333 YEARS! THIS ANTICIPATED VIEWING OF COMET ISON READS A LOT LIKE LUKE 21:27 IF WE GET THE SAME PERFORMANCE AS IN 1680. ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

mystiq
mystiq

This is a great simulation of the ISON-comet travel through the solar system.

http://youtu.be/zac3vIWrD1g

It's a pretty long one, but you should definitely watch the whole video.

ChristineJZ
ChristineJZ

I thought the article was going to say that THIS was the way the world might end. I'm 63. I've been through innumerable 'ends of the world'. And I don't see what's so great about seeing a comet. Who cares. Much ado about nothing. It's a bright 'thingie' streaking through the sky. Big deal.

stanman
stanman

what If we calculated the Myans calender wrong -forgot to carry a one and ISON STRIKES US DECEMBER 21 2013 ? never was very good at math!

Charles_England
Charles_England

Why is it that over the years when I`ve seen mentions of comet Kohoutek, they always say that it was a "dud". I recall seeing it a few times around late afternoon during Feb. of 1974 ( DURING DAYLIGHT, by the way); and it was one of the more impressive comets that I`VE ever seen.

RichardMilhouse
RichardMilhouse

OMG!!! WE'RE ALL DOOMED!!! FIND A CAVE, A BUNKER, A HOLE IN THE GROUND. ANYTHING!!! THE LORD'S WRATH IS UPON US ALL!!!

sacredh
sacredh

This probably does signal the end of the world. I urge everyone to have unprotected sex with large vegetables and eat plenty of candy. If the world doesn't end, you'll just be a fat pervert. There are worse things that could happen.

LarryButler
LarryButler

The next stupid end-of-the-world religious event is upon us!

showmemike
showmemike

COMET ISON may be the return of THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM

the orbit of COMET ISON brings it back every 333+/- years

so it can be established that the comet was here in about 15 a.d.

considering that an exact year for the birth of christ has never been determined

it is more than coincidence

that a census in 14 a.d. was called by ceasar augustus.


you heard it from here first

http://www.facebook.com/events/371628202915203/


MohamadPartowmah
MohamadPartowmah

Alright people grab your sneakers so we can all jump aboard the UFO hidden ISON's tail

sushilpershad
sushilpershad

May Be We are in for celestial treat IN 2013 In   December to January.!!

RegalMouse
RegalMouse

It will smash into the earth, killing us all! Run for your lives!

HannoPhoenicia
HannoPhoenicia

Hopefully those of  you who care about celestial events caught the Angularity/Ring of Fire in May.

cpc65
cpc65

Triffids, what?

GlennRay
GlennRay

I'm really surprised that this article didn't reference Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1).  It was also discovered at a distance past Jupiter (over 600 million miles) and light-curve predictions held true, making it one of the brightest and most-observed comets in human history.  Cometary science made significant progress as a result and there's no reason to think that Comet ISON (or PANSTARRS) will be any less spectacular.

lovescardboard
lovescardboard

Pluto. How sad! For the record, I don't think you're a chunk of dirty ice.

rocksnstars
rocksnstars

"As much light as the full moon" is misleading.  That is the approximate predicted maximum magnitude (-13), but it only lasts 3 hours when it is less than one degree from the sun!   The important numbers are the magnitudes when it moves into a dark night sky.  When that happens depends on the comet's orbit relative to the ecliptic, and by the time it is in a dark sky, chances are it will not be brighter than the brightest stars.  But that is still way above average and we can hope for more!

granitesentry
granitesentry

Oh. Well maybe the Mayans just did their arithmetic wrong.

DarrenC.Bly
DarrenC.Bly

Keep your fingers crossed for ISON but don't forget C/2011 L4 Panstarrs in March.  It should be great!