Comet ISON update for November 11, 2013

Here is the latest and best images of Comet ISON from the past couple of days. The last update was on November 5, 2013. Today, November 11th, Comet ISON crossed the orbital path of Venus and is still headed toward the sun on its parabolic orbital path.

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Here are a couple of news articles about Comet ISON from the past couple of days.

Comet ISON — a potentially dazzling, but so far disappointing, comet — finally appears to be brightening as seen from Earth.

During the last few days, observers worldwide have detected a noticeable upturn in the overall brightness of Comet ISON as well as a lengthening of its tail. While Comet ISON has remained somewhat dark since coming back into view for skywatchers, the comet might now be on track for a brilliant show when it makes its close pass with the sun at the end of November.

NBC News, 11/08/2013 article by Joe Rao

ISON should make a U-turn around the sun on Thanksgiving Day, and if it survives that close solar encounter, it’s believed that it could put on a light show visible with the naked eye. In the coolest-case scenario, it could be bright enough to rival the Great Comet of 1680, which reportedly could be seen in the daytime with a tail that stretched across the sky.

But ISON can also be seen with relative ease by amateur astronomers right now. If there are clear skies in your area in the early Friday morning hours (after 1 a.m. on the West Coast), it should be observable with good binoculars or a small telescope in the constellation Virgo.If you can’t see ISON this week, try again next week as it’s likely to be brighter as it comes closer to the sun.

CNET News, 11/07/2013 article by Eric Mack

I’m starting to get the chills about Comet ISON. I can’t help it. With practically every telescope turned the comet’s way fewer than three short weeks before perihelion, every week brings new images and developments. The latest pictures show a brand new tail feature emerging from the comet’s bulbous coma. For months, amateur and professional astronomers alike have watched ISON’s slowly growing dust tail that now stretches nearly half a degree or a full moon’s diameter.Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/106205/comet-ison-heats-up-grows-new-tail/#ixzz2kMd66u99

Universe Today, 11/07/2013 article by Bob King

Here are the latest and best photos of Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy).

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