Comet ISON Tutorial – Where To Look

Updated 02.27.2012:
All images by @mars_stu.
The video was originally uploaded by sonofmabarker with images from WaitingForIson.

Later this year beginning in late October the comet called ISON will appear in our skies. This could become the greatest spectacle ever for those who love looking at our galaxy. Here is a brief tutorial to help you know where and when to look. Comet ISON belongs to a special category of comets called sungrazers. As the comet performs a hairpin turn around the sun on that date, its ices will vaporize furiously in the intense solar heat. Assuming it defies death by evaporation, ISON is expected to become a brilliant object perhaps 10 times brighter than Venus. Or brighter. Some predict it could put the full moon to shame. If so, that would occur for a brief time around at perihelion (closest approach to the sun) when the comet would only be visible in the daytime sky very close to the sun. Mark you calendars and don’t miss the show!

Video uploaded by: sonofmabarker

QUICK VIDEO NOTES -- as of 02.21.2013
October 19, 2013 4:28 AM Northwest Sky: Comet ISON will be visible near the planet Mars in the constellation Leo.
October 29, 2013 4:29 AM Southeast Sky: Comet ISON’s tail will appear to be pointing towards the planet Mars. The moon will visible in the sky.

November 10, 2013 7:10 AM Southeast Sky: Comet ISON will appear in the morning sky between Mercury and Mars.
November 18, 2013 6:29 AM Southeast Sky: Comet ISOn will appear in the morning sky near Spica (Alpha Vir). Comet 2P/Encke a three-year comet periodic comet, will appear near Mercury but not as bright as Comet ISON in the sky.
November 28, 2013 10:07 AM Comet ISON will appear near the sun. It’s suggested that you wear protective eyeware usually used during eclipses to see this event.
November 28, 2013 2:07 PM Comet ISON
November 29, 2013 4:07 PM Southwest Sky: Comet ISON should be visible on the horizon, with its long tail.
November 30, 2013 7:12 AM Southeast Sky: Comet ISOn should appear on the morning horizon, with a very long tail. The video shows that this may appear beyond the zenith in the night sky. The moon, Mars, and Saturn should appear in the sky.

December 6, 2013 4:05 PM Southwest Sky: Comet ISON will appear in the evening horizon. Venus and the moon will appear in the night sky.
December 9, 2013 4:08 PM Southwest Sky: Comet ISON will appear in the evening horizon, with a longer tail.
December 12, 2013 4:14 PM Southwest Sky: Comet ISON will appear in the evening horizon, and if things go right, may have a really long tail.
December 23, 2013 7:11 AM Southeast Sky: Comet ISON will appear higher in the sky. Saturn, Mars, and the moon should also appear visible during this night.

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