How To See Comet ISON This Week?

isonThe time has finally come to step out under the stars and see the latest comet the outer solar system has thrown at us. Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), discovered more than a year ago, has engendered huge interest from those who think it may be terrifically bright and also from some who believe it will be nothing special. The burst of excitement came from the realization that ISON will swoop quite close to the Sun on November 28, some 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from our star’s surface, which will enable it to light up like a Roman Candle.

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you’ll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo. You won’t see the comet quite yet with the eye alone — it’s still climbing in brightness — but a pair of binoculars or a small telescope will show it under a dark sky, away from the polluting light of cities.


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