Nightly News Update 12-30-2012

As of December 30, 2012, Comet ISON is approximately 5.282 AU from the sun.

Tonight’s updates include:

In praise of – comet ISON

According to The Herald, “ISON stands for International Scientific Optical Network, the type of telescope used in Russia to discover the comet. The Comet originates in the Oort Cloud, which sounds like something Douglas Adams, but is actually a gang of comets thought to hang out in a circle one light year from the sun.”

Two-mile-wide comet will shine brighter than the moon reports that ISON will be observable “in early November through the first few weeks of January 2014.”

Comet with tail heading toward the sun may outshine the moon

The Global Post reports that “the Curiosity Rover on Mars will take a few pictures from another angle as it sails by.”

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