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'Brighter than a full moon': The biggest star of 2013... could be Ison - the comet of the century
Or it could basically melt and go away. But apparently there is a sliver of hope that it survived it's trip around the sun (despite being declared dead). Unfortunately astronomers in the US don't work on Thanksgiving weekend and the Europeans don't work on Saturday, so there hasn't been any new news since. In the meantime, apparently ISON is a zombie comet.By late November it will be visible to the unaided eye just after dark in the same direction as the setting Sun. Its tail could stretch like a searchlight into the sky above the horizon. Then it will swing rapidly around the Sun, passing within two million miles of it, far closer than any planet ever does, to emerge visible in the evening sky heading northward towards the pole star. It could be an "unaided eye" object for months. When it is close in its approach to the Sun it could become intensely brilliant but at that stage it would be difficult and dangerous to see without special instrumentation as it would be only a degree from the sun.
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/comet-is ... 2D11674277Battams said skilled astrophotographers might be able to capture a picture of the comet's Thanksgiving leftovers within a couple days, when ISON has moved farther away from the sun's glare. The rest of us are almost certainly out of luck, though there's always a chance the comet will pull off yet another death-defying stunt.