DECEMBER 2013

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…

https://waitingforison.wordpress.com/can-i-see-comet-ison-from-where-i-live/

…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…

https://waitingforison.wordpress.com/ison-publications-and-apps/

Thanks – and good luck with ISON!

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UPDATE: 20th NOVEMBER 2013

There are a LOT of charts on this page, and all of them will be useful to you one way or another, I hope. But I’m aware that some of you visiting here just want a very quick “Where is it? SHOW me!!” guide to where to find the comet, so I’ve come up with some extremely simple charts for you! I hope you’ll scroll down the page and see the others, too, but in the meantime these should help you until month’s end.

Dec 1st: Having rounded the Sun what will ISON do? What will it look like? Will it have an amazing, beautiful tail? We can’t know yet. But we know where it will BE – in the east, before dawn. On Dec 1st it will lie to the left of the very thin crescent Moon (size exaggerated on this next pic to show where it is), Mars and Mercury.

6 01 Dec 07.20

Dec 3rd: As December gets into its stride ISON could be a striking sight in the pre-dawn sky, we just don’t know yet…

7 03 Dec 06.45

Dec 5th: By now it should be worth looking for Comet ISON in the western sky after sunset, too. On the 5th it will lie to the right of the lovely crescent Moon and brilliant Venus. It might still be hard to see against the bright twilight tho…

9 05 Dec 16.10

Dec 5th: earlier that morning ISON will be easier to see, standing above the eastern horizon with its tail – if it has one – pointing almost straight up.

10 05 Dec 06.45

Dec 10th: Definitely worth looking for ISON after sunset now, even though the sky will still be bright and the tail will only make a shallow angle with the horizon…

11 10 Dec 16.30

Dec 13th: ISON **could** be a striking sight in the western sky after sunset now, we’ll have to wait and see, but here is where to look for it, whatever it does…

12 15 Dec 16.30

Earlier that morning ISON will be much easier to see in the east before dawn, with its tail – if it has one – pointing straight up from the horizon…

13 15 Dec 04.00

Dec 20th: ISON higher after sunset by now but probably fading a lot too…

14 20 Dec 16.30

Dec 25th – at the end of Christmas Day, look for Comet ISON in the north late in the evening, its tail pointing up towards thestars of the Big Dipper…

15 25 Dec 22.00

Dec 25th: before dawn on Christmas Day Comet ISON will be well clear of the eastern horizon, above and between the bright stars Vega and Arcturus.

16 25 Dec 06.15

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FINDER CHARTS FOR DECEMBER 2013

During December 2013 we should be able to see Comet ISON in both the morning *and* the evening sky. I’m not going to show very detailed, or very many, finder charts for December, because hopeffully it won’t take much “finding”. If you’re looking for it in the morning sky before month’s end you’ll just have to go out, look east before sunrise, and you should see the comet and its tail glowing in the sky right ahead of you. After sunset, just look to the west, or the north-west, and you’ll see the comet shining above the horizon in that direction.

Actually, there’s a slim chance that we will be able to see the comet’s tail, or at least the end of it, ALL NIGHT if ISON really puts on a show. If ISON develops a really – and I mean REALLY – long tail, even after the head of the comet sets in the west we might, MIGHT see the end of the tail still sticking up above the horizon, sweeping across the northern sky as the hours pass until the comet’s head reappears above the easterm horizon before dawn. But that’s a long shot so don’t bet on it, and certainly don’t say I said it would happen! 🙂

How BRIGHT ISON will be as December passes, and how LONG that tail will be, are anyone’s guess, but it’s futile (if fun!) to speculate on that yet. Just hope for clear weather in December and plan to be out comet-watching every chance you get, because by December ISON will be heading away from the Sun again and returning to the icy depths of space.

Ok, so at the start of the month, getting up very early and looking east, the tail could be stretching up towards The Big Dipper…

Sungrazers are usually brighter and more active after they’ve raced around the Sun, and many experts are hoping that ISON will be no different, crossing their fingers that it develops a long, long tail, and a broad one too. As December begins, will it look like Comet Lovejoy (below, left) or Comet West (centre) or Comet McNaught (right)? I can’t wait to find out…!

3 comets

Whatever it looks like in December, hopefully by then we’ll all have some magical memories of it to look back on in the years ahead.

So, on December mornings, we’ll be going out, looking east, and hoping to see something beautiful. But I think more people will see it after dark in December, just because they’ll already be up and about, so I’m going to concentrate on how and where to see ISON after sunset during the month. But I’ll draw your attention to the view on the morning of December 17th, when ISON will have some very welcome and familiar company in the slowly brightening sky…

Now, the evening sky…

Below: December 6th, after sunset… ooh look, the Moon and Venus close together nearby too… photo time…!

6 Dec 4pm

A little later on the same night… by 6pm the Moon should be displaying some lovely Earthshine…

6 Dec 6pm

Below: the next day, Dec 7th, just after sunset… the Moon and Venus have moved apart a little, and the comet is a little higher in the sky…

7 Dec 4pm

…and again, a little later on the same evening…

7 dec 5pm

Below: December 8th after sunset…

8 Dec 4pm

At this time the comet will be a little higher in the sky each night after sunset. This is when it is hoped its tail might really start to develop and become impressive. If that’s the case then as I said already, no-one will have to ‘find’ the comet, they’ll just need to go outside, look to the west, and there it will be… maybe looking something like this…?… (my own artwork, could be right, could be wrong, we’ll see!)

Nov 30 ISON sunrise

..or maybe even, dare we dream, it might look like this..?

Dec 2nd sunset Kendal

…or maybe a LOT less impressive than that. As I keep saying, we’ll have to wait and see…

By mid month (below: Dec 15th) the comet will be here after sunset, with Venus bright off to its left…

15 Dec 6pm

By December 20th, and with Christmas approaching, the comet will be quite high in the NW after darkness falls, heading towards the familiar stars of The Plough…

20 Dec 6pm

And don’t forget it will be visible in the morning sky too: by December 22nd the Comet will be close to the globular star cluster M13 in Hercules… telephoto lenses at theb ready, everyone!

On the 23rd (below) the comet will be here before sunrise, sharing the sky (again) with planets and the Moon…

By teatime on Christmas Eve (below) the comet will be high in the NW, and as darkness falls we’ll see it’s getting close to The Plough – and by now, I’m pretty sure it will be so close to the Pole Star that IT WON’T SET AS SEEN FROM THE UK AND MID-NORTHERN LATITUDES. That means that you’ll be able to see it shining in the NW after sunset, follow it all night as it appears to wheel around the Pole Star, and it will still be in the sky at sunrise…

24 Dec 4pm circumpolar!

At the end of Christmas Day 2013, by the time all the wrapping paper is scrunched up and stuffed into bin bags, and the family are fast asleep and snoring in their chairs, ready to be woken up for the Dr Who Christmas Special (if there IS one, there’d better be!!!), the comet will be high in the NW after sunset…

25 Dec 5pm

…and by midnight, we’ll be looking at it here…

25 Dec midnight

Can’t wait to take photographs of the comet that night…!

As Christmas fades away behind us, Comet ISON should still be a splendid sight in the sky after dark and all through the night, never setting, so you will be able to spend literally all night gazing at it and photographing it if you wish! Early risers on the morning of the 27th will be rewarded with a fantastic view… the Comet pointing towards the stars of the Plough, with Saturn, the crescent Moon and Mars all shining beneath it above the eastern horizon…

Please, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease don’t let it be cloudy that morning!!!

…and then, before we know it, December will be almost over, and 2014 will be on our horizon. What memories will we have of ISON by then? How will it look in our sky still? As we all prepare to see in the New Year at midnight on Dec 31st 2013, will Comet ISON, now heading away from Earth, the best of its encounter behind it, and behind us, will it be a prominent naked eye object, or will it need binoculars to be seen properly? Whatever it looks like, here is where you’ll find it – high in the north, edging up towards the Pole Star…

31 Dec midnight

And then, January 2014…


80 Responses to “DECEMBER 2013”

  1. A fantastic wordpress site! Great charts, well done and thanks.

    • Thanks, really appreciate that 🙂

      • You are awesome, dude. Thanks for the info. I am hoping that ISON will make lasting impression on my 9 year old daughter as well as myself. Something that we shared together. It’s cooler than a cucumber. Thanks

      • Casey, what a lovely comment, thank you, that really makes all the hard work – and the obscene comments from others – worthwhile. I hope you and your daughter enjoy some lovely ISON time together 🙂

  2. Good pics,thanks,but can u really see that that’s the way it’s goin to be ahead of time??:) if its that easy to know space’then you can dected an earthquake hear on earth,and NO one saw the meteroid that hit Russia so we are blind to what we want to know’but assume we do know everything::never the less we’re all drawn to space for a reason because its beautiful and we where all once beautiful children from above and yet to return:))

    • We can know in advance *where* it will be, yes, because we can calculate its orbit very accurately. As for what it will look like, we can’t know that this far in advance, no, and my pictures are just fanciful guesses, not meant to be taken as accurate predictions of any kind. 🙂

  3. Light, love,liberty for 2014 !

  4. Sorry, but these “view charts” or whatever just confuse me. I read somewhere that ISON will only be two degrees off of viewing the north pole star. That means to me that if I am standing almost anywhere in the USA looking NORTH that it will be pretty close to right in front of me. Since it’s going to be passing close to the sun that makes no sense. OK, It’s gonna be in the west at night fall and east before sunrise. THAT makes sense. Now can somebody explain, I get email, what the curved horizons with E SE S SW represent?? Please don’t pout and tell me if I can’t figure that out I’m just stupid. Also, If that thing that looks like the smoke from a major forest fire lit up by the blaze on, for example W NW N NE viewpoints — if that is the MILKY WAY then wow ! is that what other people see?? No wonder they think I’m nuts when I complain about comets being dim. I’m essentially blind I guess. WOW OH wow.

    • Stephen, what do you mean “Please don’t pout and tell me if I can’t figure that out I’m just stupid.” I’d never do that, I set up this blog to help people like you 🙂 I think your confusion is with the way the comet will be moving. It starts December low on the horizon after sunset, but by month’s end at the same time it will be higher in the sky, near the Pole Star. The comet passes close to the Sun at the end of November, whips around it in a day, and then heads north in the sky, up away from the sunset heading towards the Pole Star. As for the way the Milky Way looks, I wish it looked like that for real! But it doesn’t, sadly, it looks more like very pale, misty smoke. The software of the App just shows the Milky Way looking like that for dramatic effect, I think. Misleading, but pretty. Hope this helps. MAybe taking a look at my other blog would help… http://isonatlas.wordpress.com/ if not, feel free to message me again, ok?

  5. I believe those pictures will not deviate much from actual occurrence of Ison appearance in the sky. Let hope Ison will transform this world for the better.

    Thanks and cheers….

  6. Thanks for the great pages! I now know where and when to go look. Until then, I’ll be busy hoping for another Comet Hyakutake . . . not Kahoutek! 😉

  7. Thank you.

  8. You are awesome… and patient, I might add. 🙂

  9. […] Kart over ISONs posisjon på himmelen gjennom desember 2013 […]

  10. Fantastic blog. Just discovered it. I put off doing any research on this until now hoping to thwart any undo comet anxiety issues! I have a friend with an 8″ reflector who hasn’t used it in years and with the help of your site here, we will hopefully break it back in with a spectacular event.
    We are in south Florida(Latitude:N 27° 10′ 0.4051″
    Longitude:W 80° 13′ 48.4964″), east coast, and wonder if you can give us any adjustment clues in respect to your location reference. Kinda rusty here.
    Thank you again for your site and any assistance.

    • Your latitude in Florida will cause everything to be “shifted” toward the horizon. Most of the diagrams on this page are showing the view from the mid-40’s latitude–note the position of the big dipper and Polaris. Your latitude will shift the big dipper and Polaris (and the comet) about 20 degrees closer to the horizon–so your view may not be as favorable.

      Longitude won’t affect anything regarding viewing the comet.

      Hope this helps,
      Tim

  11. Thanks for all the excellent advice on viewing the comet. Keep it coming !!!!!!!!!!!

  12. A very fine page – my thanks and kudos! I did something similar to this for Comet Hale-Bopp, but you have saved me the work this time around. Well done!

  13. […] Waiting for ISON (December Charts): https://waitingforison.wordpress.com/december-2013/ […]

  14. Which latitude are your charts for ? I am in the frozen north at 57 deg N, I guess the comet may stay much closer to the horizon than you have shown. Still, great charts, I have passed them round my friends at work.

  15. Thank you for all the onfo,Iv’e been a star watcher for 75 years
    I just found out about ISON today fred

  16. Well done. Great information. Thank you.

  17. In your information it seems there is something wrong. In your Dec 17 chat you indicate the comet visible in the morning at 6:11AM, and in your Dec 15 chart you indicate the comet visible in the evening at 5:17PM. That is clearly impossible. Define better yourself…!

    • Info correct. Visible before dawn and after sunset because of position in sky. Check before criticising! 🙂

  18. Wait until Dec 17 and we’ll see….

  19. Not even we had to wait until Dec 17. I see now that you removed your Dec 17 chart that indicated visible the comet at ESE at 6.11AM.
    Why you don’t recognize that I was right?

    • I haven’t removed anything Mario, I haven’t had time, I’ve been too busy standing in muddy fields and forests looking for the comet! 🙂 I’ll take a look, maybe the chart is mislabelled, and if it is I’ll correct it. Bear in mind tho that this isn’t a professional blog, but the spare time effort of a keen amateur who is trying to help people find, observe and enjoy the comment. I appreciate any feedback, but being rude is unnecessary, ok? Thanks.

  20. Sorry, I don’t intended to be rude. I appreciate your blog. English in my third lenguage and it’s very far to be good.
    The Dec 17 chart that I referred to, indicated a comet position ESE in the morning, and another of yours chart, on Dec 15, indicated the comet visible in the evening at W-WNW. That, in my opinion, it’s impossible. An object in ESE position can’t precede the sun in the morning, and in the same days to follow it in the evening. Or am I wrong?

  21. […] December 26 – Predicted date that ISON will be closest to earth and its most visible without aid.  December finder charts for Comet ISON can be found here. […]

  22. […] Waiting for ISON December 2013 […]

  23. […] dat ik van zoon gekregen heb 48. met mijn Dremel-dinges een paasei-kunstwerk maken 49. de komeet Ison in december dit jaar voorbij zien vliegen (moet heel spectaculair gaan zijn, zo fel als de volle […]

  24. I have seen c/2012 s1 (ISON) a few times. In my ten inch dobsonian at magnitude + 9.5. Then again when it was about magnitude +6. Recently viewed the comet in 7 x 50 binoculars(at least I think I saw it LOL). I am anticipating its survival post perihelion and looking forward to many more great views of the comet. Perhaps even some pictures. Love the page. I have it bookmarked. Great Job!

  25. Thanks. Very good charts. I whole heartedly appreciate it. Well Done.

  26. Did anyone else see a massive shooting star just before 6am this morning? It crossed the sky in Caerphilly, South Wales, in the direction of Spica (and Cardiff!) and took about 4-5 seconds before exploding in a bright flash into at least 3 parts. Unfortunately, I have been unable to see the comet yet due to a flippin mountain right in the way and sunrise catching up too soon. But that meteorite made up for it today. Never mind, weather forecast is great here for a weekend of early morning sky watching so the whole family is planning to wrap up warm and head up the mountain tomorrow, cutting it out of the view.

  27. yeah so this tells me absolutely nothing about being able to see this comet. I live in CAantral Iowa, and will ne goping to Northern Iowa on Christmas Eve, will I be able to be able to see it??? PLEASE REPLY

    • It tells you everything you need to know. You’ll be in the northern hemisphere, so the charts are good for you. Just go to the December charts, they’ll guide you.

    • David, what are you going on about? These are all charts for the Northern hemisphere, mid-latitudes–perfect for northern Iowa.
      Why are people being so butthurt and rude? This is a great site, but if you don’t like it, Google is your friend (maybe your only one) and you can find a hundred others with the same info.

      • The information was a bit to science-y for me, guess i’m just a simpler guy, that wants to know if and where I can see a cosmic happening.. didnt mean to come off like a dickhead, I ahve been under alot of stress and not feeling the best when i wrote this. I just want it simple easy to understand information. so please explain to me in easy to understand instructions where i need to look and when…Sorry timothyj999… please help me to understand

      • Ok thanks David, no problem. I think part of your confusion is that it’s going to be changing position each night. There’s no telling how bright it will be–if we get lucky you won’t need to search for it–it will smack you in the face on any clear night.

        In general it will start December in the southwest after sunset, and the southeast before sunrise. The tail will be pointing away from wherever the sun is.

        As the month goes on, each night it will move more and more to the west, then northwest, then into the north by Christmas. Near the end of December, find the Big Dipper, then drop your eyes toward the horizon, you should see it easily.

        This is important: get as far away from city lights as you can–the darker the better. It will make a huge difference. Also, a clear dry night will give you better views. And if you can find someplace without trees, so you can see clear to the horizon, that will help too.

        Once you find it with your naked eyes, switch to binoculars for a better view.

        Hope this helps, and fingers crossed for good weather and a bright comet!

      • Thanks very much for helping David, I was unable to reply to his comment because I was out standing in a farm gateway, freezing, taking pictures of Comet Lovejoy! Appreciate the help. And David, hope that answers your question. If not, email me and I’ll make a chart for you 🙂

  28. Thnks timothy999, THAT I understand!

  29. Great job

  30. David if you are interested, there is a program called Stellarium. It’s a free program that you can download from the internet. Also, you can add comets to the program. You may have to google a you tube video to get the step by step instructions on how to add comets. Stellarium will give you a standing on the ground from your prespective (once you add your gps co ordinates to the program) of how the sky will appear at any given time you choose. You can set the time ahead, back, current etc. You can search for many celestial objects. I use it to plan my star gazing sessions in advance. So, when you want to search for the location of comet ison for example (after you have added it to the data base) you select search, type in c/2012 s1 and it will show you where to find it. If you typed in c/2013 r1 it will find lovejoy for you, and so on. I highly recommend you download it. Play around with the program for a few days then you will be familiar with how to use it to find ison after perihelion (if it survives). After ison has passed from our view, you may wish to use it to find countless other objects in the sky. It gives you info of the magnitude of the objects so you will know if you can see it naked eye, binoculars or a telescope to view the objects.

    Hope this helps

    Shelley

    • Great advice, Shelley, thanks for taking the time to answer that question. I use that program a lot, and it’s very useful, you’re right. I use STARRY NIGHT too. There’s even a version of Stellarium for mobile phones, which I also find very useful.

  31. Thanks for the charts…looking forward to a great show!

  32. […] ISON reste intacte, elle devrait pouvoir s’observer à l’œil nu depuis l’hémisphère nord entre la seconde semaine de décembre et Noël, vers 5h du matin, […]

  33. […] People all over Earth will be able to see it, but it’ll be best seen from the Northern Hemisphere as 2013 draws to a close. December finder charts for Comet ISON here. […]

  34. […] ISON reste intacte, elle devrait pouvoir s’observer à l’œil nu depuis l’hémisphère nord entre la seconde semaine de décembre et Noël, vers 5h du matin, […]

  35. Uh, did I just hear it right on the News??? Did it really pass too close to the Sun and just … well just evaporate. So it is no more, it is demised, it is, in fact, a DEAD COMET??? Is that correct? p.s. when’s the next one worth watching???

  36. There have been conflicting reports on the news. Some say dead, others say a small piece of it remains. I guess we won’t know for sure ’til Earth based viewings either confirm it’s still visible, or it is NOT. I also saw a video that does in fact show something coming out post perihelion on the other side of the sun. Astronomers say” a sliver hope remains”

  37. I saw Haley’s Comet in the 80s but it was so dim. Certainly I hope this one will be a sight to behold.

  38. Hi Mary

    I fear that you may be little behind the curve regarding ISON’s current status: it hasn’t got one anymore. The comet died and all that’s left is some debris and gas, too small to be seen with the naked eye, or even small to medium sized telescopes.

    ISON is dead, unless it is me who is behind the curve, and it is undead again like Lazarus. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. We were all so much looking forward to it.

    Craig

  39. Thanks for the info Craig. Sad to hear.

  40. Mary.

    If you have a pair of binoculars, camera, or telescope, you can see comet Lovejoy up and around The Plough constellation I think. Stu has a page dedicated to Lovejoy right here on this blog. Go to the top menu links on the front page, and see “Comet Lovejoy”.

    We’ve got a nasty storm going on at the moment where I live in northern England. If it clears up I’m hoping to go out and see and photograph Lovejoy myself this evening. Let’s hope for clear skies. 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Craig

  41. Thank you. I have binoculars that are pretty good. I saw Haley’s with them. I’ll try when the clouds go away maybe tomorrow night.

  42. ok so im new to this blog. I heard about ison probably as early as the rest of you and had put it off in the back of my mind. recently in the last month I started researching and concerning myself with it again. I watched plenty of conspiracy theoriest youtube videos depicting an end of days impact , its a spaceship , has two moons ect ect. I also watched several more believable videos from nasa and others that to me seemed more credible and plenty of forums I even went as far as researching halleys comet size , distance from earth at its closest point ect ect comparing the 2 data to see any inconsistency in whats being released to the public.

    I came to the conclusion that there is alot of misinformation and changing statements of its actual size , the days that it can be seen and the big one calling it dead then retracting the statement a day later.

    Ive been having alot of anxiety lately due to this. its very overwhelming to the point im even having dreams of it. IM afraid of an impact and even more afraid of dying becuase of an impact.

    I live in salt lake city UT and I have been watching the skies to the west around 4-5pm just when the sun is setting and have yet to see anything when I heard from a nasa statement that it will be visible on the third and get higher each day ….. now its the 5th and I have not seen it i have seen rbight stars/lights that I think may be super bright but im a novice and dnt really know what im looking at and that scares me.

    can anyone tell for sure that it will not impact earth? and why can I not see it yet when it was said tobe visible startng by the third of december an on to 9th ect….then why here people are saying december 25 – 28 ???? how long is it visible for ….. and how many days was halleys comet visible for?

    • Steven, firstly, welcome to the blog, everyone’s welcome whenever they come through the door! But please, do some catching up by reading through the latest entries on the blog, there should be enough reassurance for you there. The comet fell apart after rounding the Sun so there is nothing to see, not without a good telescope anyway. And re your anxiety – no need. ISON was never going to hit us, not ever, and any website, blog, YouTube video or Twitter account that says otherwise is lying, end of story.

  43. also if its coming from the sun , wouldnt that make the tail not visible? for the thing that hit russia they said it wasnt seen becuase the scopes cant look towards the sun…..now i got to thinking if ison is on its way back towards us directly coming from the sun isnt that going to not show a tail??? I understand if its passing us we would see the tail , but what if it was coming straight at us ….. wouldnt that hide the tail and just show the nose of it?

    sorry for scary noob questions … but im filled with alot of emotions this is wonderous and scary all at the same time I think I want to become an astronomer becuase its important and clearly ALOT to still learn. unlike most stuff here on earth that can jst be googled how things work. space is a bit different im fascinated but i really want to know if that ison will impact us

    • Steven, I honestly don’t know what more I can say, or do, to reassure you. I have stated on this blog countless times already, and backed it up with evidence from NASA and independant astronomers, that there is NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER of us being hit by anything from ISON. We just won’t. We were in no danger when it was a solid comet, and are even even less danger now, if that’s possible, that it is just basically a cloud of dust spreading and thinning out. It Can Not Harm Us. It Will Not Impact Us. Seriously, at a total loss for what more I can say or do now.

  44. Thanks for all the great info and reassurance. I did read the blog. I guess I wont be able to see anything , but ill keep my eyes to the sky and start out with some novice stuff like spotting constellations and planets.

    Thanks,
    Steven

    • Hi Steven

      Good advice above! You seem to have enough curiosity to make a good astronomer, it’s just a shame that your anxiety has been misplaced. Do us a favour please? Promise never to read anything from the conspiracy theorists on the net or anywhere, from now on, and forever.

      To be concerned about something is a healthy thing, but to be worried about it is another. Answer your curious concern by using books, programmes, videos, and blogs, written by scientifically minded people. You’ll not only find the “real” answers, but you will also be fascinated and in awe at the amazing vastness and beauty in space.

      You’ll also become more clever without even putting any effort in! 🙂

      Get a good pair of binoculars (or use your eyes) to find your way around the sky. Then progress on to finding solar system members, and then on to deep space and galaxies, nebulae and so much more.

      Astronomy is one of the most rewarding and cheapest of pass-times. You’ll love it.

      Craig

  45. Hi Stephen, If you are interested in seeing any of the fantastic things in our night skies, I would suggest you get a good pair of binoculars to start with. They are great for seeing things such as the Andromeda galaxy, the plieades, constellations and some of the brighter comets, just to name a few. I have just purchased a pair of 15 x 70 binoculars and I am quite pleased with them. I don’t expect to see ISON now (no biggie for me as I had seen it before perihelion) but I did get a great view of comet c/2013 r1 lovejoy with the binoculars. It is fabulous in binoculars and best seen early morning before sunrise. Looks like a globular cluster with a small fan out to one side. I also have a telescope but the binoculars are great for spontaneous observation sessions and don’t require the set up of a telescope and the added bonus is that I can do my binocular observations from the comfort (and warmth) of my car. LOL It’s great that you are reassured by the info you read on this blog. It has been a great source of info for me as well. So don’t worry Stephen. Just enjoy the wonders and beauty of a clear night sky.

    Shelley

  46. […] observe this amazing and controversial comet.  ISON will be visible around the world.   Check out Waiting for ISON to get a better idea of when and where to spot […]

    • You’re badly out of date. ISON is gone. Will only be visible as a smudge in telescopes. Please check the updates on my blog and let your readers know.

  47. I can only say WOW.

  48. happy new year

  49. So it’s December 31st 2013 and what’s going to happen when earth passes through its orbit? Will we get hit by spacedust?

    • We might see a few more shooting stars than normal, but that’s it. Nothing to need help from Bruce Willis 🙂

  50. “We are all made of stars,” ***MOBY***

    • We Are All Made of Stars by Moby, is a brilliant tune. I love the guitar bit near the end of the track.

      HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

      Wishing you all a very prosperous and healthy 2014. With loads of clear skies.

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