If you’ve even a passing interest in astronomy and the night sky, then you’ll have heard that there’s a good chance a very bright comet will be visible in the sky at the end of this year. That’s it up there, on that picture. Doesn’t look much, I know, but that was taken when the comet was a loooooong way away, and extremely faint. It’s still a long way away, but getting steadily brighter. We don’t know how bright Comet ISON will be at its best, predictions are varying widely and wildly, but we can predict in advance exactly where it will be, using planetarium and night sky mapping software.

Which is exactly why I’ve created this blog – to help people who want to see the comet do just that.

This blog is meant to help you plan for the arrival of Comet ISON in our sky in late 2013, and to show you where it will be – and that’s it! No in-depth scientific discussions, no analyses, no wild predictions, no End of The World nonsense, just updates on the comet’s progress, and easy to use charts and maps showing where the comet will be, and when. I hope you find it useful.

There’s a lot of absolute rubbish being talked and written about Comet ISON, all about how it will be brighter than the Full Moon, how it will blaze in the daytime… Now you’ve found this site you can ignore all that! πŸ™‚

Let’s all cross our fingers for a good show late this year!

13 Responses to “Welcome…”

  1. Thank you so much for all this information and research work!
    I absolutely find it helpful and interesting!

  2. […] and talking with Larry & Chris about the up-comming comets and Chris showed me this website Welcome… | WAITING FOR ISON I thought it was pretty cool so I'm passing it on. Hope you enjoy it. Clear Skies, […]

  3. I’ve been waiting on someone to say something real about this Comet that Nasa hasn’t already said over again.I get good info from Nasa and Scti but , lets see how this Blog brings people out of the shadows to talk about and what expectations they have waiting on Ison to arrive.Good read

    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I hope lots of people post their thoughts about ISON here, and share their observations too.

  4. I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed following your blog over the past month or so. Firstly, the lousy (cloudy) weather then a health problem that has already kept me indoors now for more than a fortnight meant that I have never actually seen Panstarrs “live”, “in the flesh” so to speak. Following your almost every night expeditions has been a good substitute and I certainly take the point about planning to be ready for the arrival of Ison in the autumn. If it’s “only” as good as Hale-Bopp in 97, it will be worth a few early mornings. Kind regards.

  5. i believe my friend has captured it on her iphone. we both saw it from different locations last night! was too early for other stars. looked like a small line, sometimes a dot. had a tail!

  6. Man, your blog is just great! Keep up the good work. I would like to see ISON myself, but due to lack of optics and time, wont have a chance. But I follow you updates on ISON and live through your feelings πŸ™‚ Thanks man!

  7. In the next week, I’m going to be in the Caribbean (US Virgin Island territory)- do I look east as recommended? Sorry to sound so stupid.

    • VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: These charts are drawn for what is commonly called “mid Northern latitudes”, i.e. the UK, northern Europe and most of the US. If you live outside of that area your opportunities to view ISON will be different. To find out if you can see ISON from where YOU live, please go to this page of my blog…


      …where you’ll find a fantastic NASA chart giving general guidance, and a number of charts I’ve made showing the comet’s visibility from other places, specifically India, Japan and The Philipines, which are the places I’m getting the most enquiries from. If you’re still not sure about your ability to see ISON after reading all that, I strongly suggest that you download one of the many available astronomy apps onto your phone, which will tell you exactly what you want to know. I recommend some of those on this page of my blog…


      Thanks – and good luck with ISON!


  8. looks like ison might not have made it round the sun,what an anticlimax……bummer.

  9. Shame Comet ISON disintegrated 😦 i found your site quite randomly on the internet, read one of your blogs, v impressed! πŸ˜€

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