NOVEMBER 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.ย  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.

NOV 21st: Comet ISON VERY low in the eastern sky before dawn, and hard to see because of the brightening sky and the glare of the nearby Moon, too. You’ll need binoculars to find it.

1 21 Nov 06.00

2 21 Nov 06.06b

Nov 23rd: Even lower and even harder to see now, use the planets Mercury and Saturn, shining close together before dawn, as your guides…

3 23 Nov 06.30

Nov 24th: I’m not sure if it will even be possible to spot ISON by this time, but it can’t hurt to try…! We probably will lose sight of ISON now for a few days as it approaches and then swoops around the Sun…

4 24 Nov 07.00

Nov 30th: Having rounded the Sun a couple of days before, ISON will hopefully survive to reappear in the morning sky, this time over to the left of Mercury and Saturn. We won’t know if it will have a long or bright tail until we see it!

5 30 Nov 07.30

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FINDER CHARTS FOR NOVEMBER 2013

**** NOV 16th UPDATE ****

As you read this, Comet ISON’s brightness is climbing rapidly and unexpectedly, and it has reached the point where it is visible in the morning sky without binoculars or a telescope as a green “star” with a misty tail stretching away from it. Seen through a telescope its tail is developing a lot of detail and structure as the comet finally begins to “wake up” after being a rather disappointing sight in the pre-dawn sky for the past month. It seems that in the next week or so ISON will only get brighter and more impressive – but where do you look for it? There are lots of charts further down this page, but to show you quickly exactly where to look, here’s a finder chart made especially for absolute beginners…

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Hopefully it won’t be long before you don’t *need* a chart to find ISON, it will just be there, shining in the eastern sky before dawn, obvious to the naked eye. But for now that chart will definitely help you track it down.

If you want to see exactly what it looks like, I suggest you go to another page of this blog, my Updates page for November 2013 (1), which features all my own observing reports and showcases some of the best images being taken of the comet.

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As November opens, Comet ISON MIGHT have brightened to naked eye visibility, or it might not quite have reached that level of brightness yet. It should certainly be visible with a pair of binoculars to anyone who goes to a site with a dark sky unspoiled by light pollution This will be the most exciting time of the whole apparition I think, as each day more and more people get to see it.

Having said that, ISON will STILL be a pre-dawn object, so it will only be visible to people who either get up early or stay up late, i.e people who make a real, concerted effort to see it. Seeing it will still mean getting up before dawn, but if the comet is on track to become a Great Comet then it will definitely be worth it, because by now it shouldn’t need “finding”, it should just be THERE in the sky if you look to the brightening eastern sky before dawn. Of course, it’s possible that ISON will decide to let us all down and fizzle out, we can’t dismiss that possibility. But even if that happens it will still be worth looking for, and these images will help you find it. But let’s be optimistic! Let’s assume ISON behaves itself and doesn’t sputter out, and is a decent naked eye comet. Where will it be..?

As I said, until the very final days of November, the comet will be in the MORNING sky… Looking east at around 5am (UK time, yours will differ if you’re not in the UK, obviously!) on Nov 1st (below) you’ll see this scene: the comet shining close to Mars, with a beeyootiful thin crescent Moon beneath it, and Jupiter shining off to its upper right. I wonder how long ISON’s tail will be at this point…?

On that subject, please note, YET AGAIN, that the tails shown in these images should NOT be taken as accurate, for either their length or brightness. They were generated by planetarium software which can’t accurately predict WHAT a comet’s tail will look like, so just use these images to guide you to WHERE to look at the times given, and take the appearance of the tail on the images with a large pinch of salt, ok?

Ok, Nov 1st, early morning, sky still dark…

That will be an irresistible scene for astrophotographers with a wide angle lens and a clear, dark, un light polluted sky… A little later the sky will be brighter, but if ISON has a tail by Nov 1st there should be some truly lovely pictures to be taken before dawn on Nov 1st, with that thin crescent Moon beneath it…

1 Novb

Below: by November 5th the comet will be here in the early morning sky…

5 Nov

Below: by November 7th, the comet will lie between Mars and Mercury in the eastern sky before dawn…

…and for the next few days the comet makes a beeline for Mercury in the post-sunset sky, a little closer each morning…

10 Novb

Maybe it’ll look something like this on the 10th..? (my own artwork, might be right, might be wrong, we’ll see!)

Nov 10 ISON sunrise..

Below: by the 15th the comet will have moved well away from Mars, and will have begun its plunge towards the Sun, ready for its perihelion “Wheeeeeee!!!” surface-skimming swing around it on Nov 29th. By now we really will have a good idea of just how good ISON is going to be AFTER it rounds the Sun. If it hasn’t got a noticeable tail by now, well, I’ll be very worried! But let’s be optimistic!

Below: the view before dawn on November 17th,

Mercury… Comet… Mars… Jupiter… in a line before dawn… wow!

Now… on the morning of the 18th (below) we MIGHT see something very interesting indeed. Comet ISON will then be close in the sky (though not physically close out there in space) to another comet, Comet 2P Encke, AND the planet Mercury! Encke (and Mercury) will probably need binoculars to see, but hey, we won’t mind that, right? The chance to see two comets and a planet in the same part of the sky will just be too good to pass up! NOTE!!! It will be important to only look BEFORE sunrise tho, never, ever look for something in the sky close to the Sun with ANYTHING that magnifies. If you accidentally catch a glimpse of the Sun you will turn your eye into the equivalent of a fried egg and GO BLIND.

Below: on the next morning, this will be the wide angle view… the way the software has shown Saturn there is a bit misleading, I think the sky will be too bright to see it. But look an hour or so earlier than this and boy, that could be a view to remember…

Below: the viewing situation on Nov 2oth – but seriously, listen, we simply can’t predict what Comet ISON will look like at this point, not yet anyway. It might have a long tail, it might have a wide, feathery tail, it might be slap-across-the-face bright, or just modestly so. WE DON’T KNOW. So, please, from this point on, just use these illustrations as guides to help you know when and where to look for ISON, DON’T look at them – or share them with others – and say “Stuart Atkinson said the comet will look like THIS! Look! It’s going to be amazing!!!! Look how long that tail is!!!”

20 Nov

By the 20th the comet will be so close to the Sun that it will be almost sunrise before its head clears the horizon, so viewing it at all at this time, if it is anything other than a brilliant comet, might be challenging. But there’s a real possibility that we might see the tail sticking up from beyond the horizon before the Sun comes up… And after sunrise? Well, it might be worth looking to see if you can see anything of the comet, but don’t count on it.

20 Nov b

Below: On November 23rd the Moon will start to gatecrash the party again…

Look at that… in a line… Saturn… Comet… Mars, Moon and Jupiter… oh boy…

Below: Nov 25th, and you know what? I think all bets will be off by now. We might all be getting up before dawn to stand and look east in wide-eyed wonder, seeing ISON’s tail jutting up from the horizon, with planets and the Moon decorating it like baubles on a Christmas tree, or we might be looking at something less impressive. We’ll just have to wait and see…

25 Nov

25 Nov b

Below: on the 26th, I really think we’ll see the comet tail well before dawn, before its head rises, with Mars, the Moon and Jupiter keeping it company…

THE END OF NOVEMBER…

..and from the 26th until the end of November? Who knows! It’ll just be a case of get up before dawn, get dressed, go somewhere dark with a flat eastern horizon, and look…

The comet is due to round the Sun on Nov 28th, and on that day we might be in for a jaw-dropping experience – seeing the comet shining close to the Sun in the dytime. Everything will have to go perfectly for that to happen, but it’s possible, and so, if we’re lucky, November 28th will be an amazing, magical day. Let’s go through it.

Because of the geometry of comet and Sun, there probably won’t be a tail to see before dawn on the 28th, because the comet will be rising with its tail parallel to the horizon. BUT, once the Sun has cleared the horizon, there is a very, very intriguing possibility: the comet, approaching its closest point to the Sun, MIGHT be visible as a bright spark nextย  to it in the sky IF the Sun is blocked out by cloud, a building or maybe even just a raised hand. NOT sunglasses, NOT welding glass, NOT a cd, nothing like that, because that would dim the comet itself too. No, the Sun will have to be obscured, leaving the part of the sky with the comet in it visible. People looking for the comet on the 28th (and 29th) will have to be very careful, of course. But if we manage to see it, wow, that will be something won’t it..?

There is a precedent for this. Comet McNaught in 2007 was plainly visible to the naked eye in the daytime sky, as it passed close to the Sun, but it wasn’t as close as ISON will be, so it’s misleading, a little, to compare the two. Again, we’ll have to wait and see…

November 28th

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So, on Nov 28th, as ISON screams towards its close encounter with the Sun, if you want to try spotting it in the daytime, where doyou look? The next few images show the Sun/comet orientation for certain times, but with the daytime sky blacked out leaving a black sky behind for clarity. To find the comet using these diagrams you’ll have to make a mental note of roughly where the comet will be in relation to the Sun at the time – above, below, upper left, upper right, wherever – and then go out and, after blocking the Sun with something, look for the comet there, ok?

We actually won’t have a lot of time to try this up here in the UK. The Sun will rise late, set early, and never climb very high in the sky as it traces out an arc across the southern sky, but it has to be worth a shot…! Ok, here you go…

Nov 28th, 10am

28 Nov 10am b

Nov 28th 11am…

28 Nov 11am b

Nov 28th 12.00…

28 Nov 1200

Nov 28th 1pm…

28 Nov 1300

Nov 28th 2pm… by now the Sun will be very low in the sky, making the comet very hard to find… but we will still try, won’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Nov 1400

And you never know, maybe we’ll see something like this…

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Nov 28th sunset – bye bye comet, at the end of what may well have been a ridiculously exciting (and frustrating!!) day… and unseen by us here in the north the comet will whizz around the Sun, a big ball of ice flying through the flames of hell. No doubt astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be watching it to see what happens, but for us here in the north, the first act of Comet ISON’s performance will be over, leaving us to sit at our computers all evening, and all through the night, trying to keep abreast of developments as the comet is observed by various telescopes, satellites and space probes on, above and beyond the Earth. Make sure you have a lot of coffee in folks, it’s going to be a long, long night…

NOVEMBER 29th

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So, here we are, THE BIG DAY at last. Comet ISON will have whipped around the Sun, grazing it in astronomical terms.ย  Astronomers amateur and professional, all around the world, will be sitting at their computers, waiting for updates, waiting to hear if the comet survived its passage. It might not. It might break apart into pieces, leaving a cloud of rubble and ice to fly away from the Sun. That might not actually be a disaster. If the comet nucleus breaks up, it might release a huge amount of dust, which would then blow out away from the Sun to form a stunning tail, like West’s or McNaught’s. That would be a stunning sight. If the comet nucleus survives its plunge through the Sun’s atmosphere, and whips around it intact, well, all bets are off. We might see, instead, a long, straight tail, like Comet Lovejoy’s or Comet Ikeya Seki’s, but really, anything at this point is an absolute guess. All we can do is wait and see what comes out the other side.

So, we’ll get up before dawn, again, go out, again, and look to the east, wondering what we will see. Hopefully Comet ISON won’t have been simply consumed by the Sun, leaving nothing behind. Hopefully we’ll look to the north east and see the comet’s post-perihelion tail beaming up into the sky before the break of dawn…

29 Nov 0430

29 Nov 0530

If the sky is clear around 06.30 on the 29th, and IF ISON has developed a good tail after its solar swoosh, looking north east we could see something like this…

29 Nov 0630b

BUT NOTE!! AGAIN, these images now might show a beautiful, long, brilliant tail, but don’t take them as scientific predictions of what we might see. They’re not, they’re really not. Please, just use them to help guide you to the comet.

After the Sun rises we might have a second day of trying to spot the comet close to the Sun in the daytime sky. Well, it will be worth a try, and the websites of comet hunters, professional observatories and astronomy writers will keep us informed as to the comet’s brightness and our chances of seeing it. And of course I’ll post that information here, too.

So, daytime comet hunting on the 29th…

29 Nov 1030

Think if we see something like this..?

Nov 29 sunrise Kendal

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29 Nov 1230

By mid afternoon, we’ll have to look here to see the comet…

29 Nov 1430

As the Sun sets we might see ISON shining above it…

Nov 29th sunset

29 Nov 1500

By 4pm, with the Sun out of the way, might we FINALLY, after all the months of getting up at stupid o’clock, see the comet in the evening sky…?

29 Nov 1600

…and an hour later..?

29 Nov 1700

Oh, I hope so…! ๐Ÿ™‚

For the next hour or so we might get to see the upper reaches of any tail the comet has developed swinging across the western sky like the hand of a clock, but we can’t know that yet.

And so, the next day…

November 30th

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By the time we northerners get up on the 30th the world will know just what ISON is going to do, what it will become. There’ll be photographs of its tail taken from spaceprobes and satellites, and we should have more accurate computer models of how its tail will develop in the coming days and weeks.

But what will we see?

Up before dawn again, to look east…

30 Nov 4am

And again, you know, tail… length… not accurate… yeah, you know all that by now.

As the sky brightens on the 30th, we might, if we’re lucky, see a nice bright tail, with some very welcome company in the sky…

30 Nov 7am

…and after sunset, all eyes will turn west to see what kind of a tail has developed during the day. By now ISON will have been joined by bright VENUS in the twilight…

30 Nov 1600

…and so will end November, and Comet ISON’s approach to, and rounding of, the Sun. I wonder what it will look like by then? Will its tail be long, and straight, like a WW2 searchlight beam? Will the tail be curved, and feathered, like a peacock’s tail? Like McNaught’s?

As November ends we should all have some magical memories and aย  lot of beautiful photographs. But, if the experts are right, then the best may yet be to come, as the comet moves into the December evening sky…

NOTE: There’s another comet in the sky which is much easier to spot than ISON. Go here to learn how to find Comet Lovejoy…

COMET LOVEJOY

NOTE: You can read my own latest personal reports on Comet ISON here


131 Responses to “NOVEMBER 2013”

  1. quite optimistic scenario ๐Ÿ™‚

    • always the optimist me ,clear skys forecast for leeds uk tomorrow ,unfortunately I start work at 6 am and sunrise is at 740 any ideas on the best time for me to be out looking ?

      • ISON cleared the horizon at around 05.15 this morning, and will be rising a little later each day now.

  2. […] In November, ISON will pass very close to the bright star Spica and the planet Saturn, both in the constellation Virgo. These bright stars might help you find the comet. There has been some mention that Comet ISON could become a daylight object, briefly. Remember, though, at perihelion, Comet ISON will appear close to the sun on the skyโ€™s dome (only 4.4ยฐ north of the sun on November 28). Although the comet will be bright, itโ€™s likely that only experts who know how to look near the sun, while blocking the sunโ€™s glare, will see it.ย November finder charts for Comet ISON here. […]

  3. On the pic of Friday 29 at 5:07 it’s look like and explosion…

  4. Very cool! Nice job, sounds logical to me.

  5. my birthday is december 14th, does anyone one think it will be visible in the night sky that night? itd be absolutely spectacular if i could see that kind of a comet on my birthday

  6. These Pictures are EXAGGERATED to the EXTREME!
    ISON IS out Gassing its self to DEATH!
    And will prove to be yet another COMET Fail Comet DUD!
    YOU can only see it “IF” you have a good scope!!!!!

    • Sigh… Firstly, STOP SHOUTING. It isn’t clever, you just come across as childish and a prat. Secondly, go back to the start and Read It Again and you’ll see that I stress *several* times that the tail lengths shown on the pics are not to be taken seriously, they’re just generated by the software. Ok? And if you read up on the most recent ISON obs it’s looking more optimistic. We’ll just have to wait and see.

      • I agree. All the naysaying is a bit much. So what if fizzles out. Its still a comet and worth looking at with or without a scope. These folks sure do take the magic out of it for anyone with interest

  7. Wow, great article! Thank you. I live on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and right on the Caribbean Sea. My view is East and Southeast. Now this shoul be spectacular over the Sea.

  8. I think you did a brilliant job with this article and that you put a lot of work into it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us – a spectacular article and photos, no matter how the November comet experience turns out!

  9. Brilliantly done!! I wonder… Will it be visible with binocs on Christmas??? ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Fantastic! I like the way you presented sequentially the past of ISON Comet. Thanks a lot!

  11. Will it be visible from the Southern Hemisphere?

    • Yes it will Mickey, people, in the southern hemisphere are seeing it now in fact. If you want to know your own observing opportunities, and have a smartphone, go to one of the Apps I recommend on my “Publications and Apps” page…

  12. Thank you! That’s wonderful news! All we need is a clear night as we currently have got some rainy and snowy weather in South Island in New Zealand!

  13. You did a great job with this! Thanks for sharing all the information.

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  15. Very optimistic prospects on this pictures ! I saw dozens comets, mostly
    fainter than expected. But great job. Thanks.

    • Well, I do explain very clearly and repeatedly that the software simulations are limited so shouldn’t be taken too literally. But glad you found the blog useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. excellant and artistic work

  17. What software are you using to make the images?

    • Not sure which images you mean, but most of the images in the maps sections are screengrabs from an astronomy App for Android phones called “Sky Safari”. Full details on the blog on the page all about Apps and publications.

  18. Do you think it will be visable in the U.S.A in November

    • Absolutely, Caroline – well, if your weather is kind! Through November ISON is in the morning sky, visible for a few hours before dawn, low in the east. At the moment it is still too faint to see without a telescope, but by mid November *hopefully* it will be visible as a smudgy star to the naked eye, although its low altitude and the brightening sky will make it very challenging. It goes around the Sun on Nov 28th/29th and then for a short time will be visible both before dawn and after sunset. The best time to see it will be during the first couple of weeks of December, when it’s tail – if it grows one as we hope – could be long and bright. We’ll have to wait and see. But yes, visible from the US in November and through into January 2014. Good luck!

      • Great job ..according to my knowlidge .the line of the comet will be red in color …..

  19. Between Mars and the Sun, ISON – an asteroid possibly 4,000 meters across – will pass very close to Earth. Why is there so little information about that? Even a small chance that Earth might pass through ISON’s tail and trailing debris warrants both concern and attention. Since I don’t happen to have a second home planet standing by in case of energency, it’d be nice to know if this one is at any risk from asteroid pieces, if any, large enough to cause problems down here.

  20. Watch the end of world in this century.

    • Wow, right little Nostrodamus aren’t you? Thanks for that penetratingly insightful comment with no information whatsoever, much appreciated.

  21. Comet ISON will not pass anywhere “close” to earth either on the way in or on the way out. There is no real chance of collision with the comet or with any fragment from it, if it breaks up while grazing the sun. Comet ISON just passed within 10 million kilometers of Mars, and I have heard no reports of events there (we have an orbiter studying Mars right now).

    The earth will pass within about 4 million kilometers of Comet ISON’s path after the comet has left the area. By comparison, the Moon is about 400,000 kilometers from Earth. This happens in January 2014, and might offer a possibility of a meteor shower. The probabilities are vanishingly small that any debris from the path of Comet ISON will pose any danger of damage to Earth’s surface.

    A good article can be found at http://www.astro.umd.edu/~msk/blog/articles/comet-ison-jan13
    where I found most of this material.

    I do not believe that the risks posed by Comet ISON rise to the level of our daily “background” risk from all the other junk crossing Earth’s orbit on any given day. Our solar system is a dangerous place. It would be a good idea to begin developing a second home for our species elsewhere than Earth’s vicinity.

  22. […] of the sun as it tops the horizon. For a detailed prediction of the comets progress, I recommend reading this excellent blog. Again, there is no guarantee that ISON will actually do anything…it could still peter out […]

  23. […] FInding Ison in the sky, here’s a link to help https://waitingforison.wordpress.com/november-2013/ […]

  24. Thank you. Nice job. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the presentation.

  25. Comet ISON now is magnitude 9. I suspect that it will not brighten past 4 till about Nov. 20. I believe that it could be brighter than 0 for not more than 6 days altogether, and at the moment of perihelion may outshine the Moon but then would fade to Venus magnitude within a day. It will rapidly fade in December, and the last naked eye sightings will probably be a couple days before the end of December.

  26. For those of us who haven’t kept up, and who have minimal knowledge of astronomy, these are great sequences to clue us in as to where to look. Your post is very much appreciated.

  27. […] Waiting for ISON (November Charts): https://waitingforison.wordpress.com/november-2013/ […]

  28. superb presentation. Much appreciated.

  29. Looking weird
    The highly regarded comet observer John Bortle is just as perplexed by the comet’s recent appearance, commenting that the recent images along with his own visual impression, is “downright weird.” He adds that, “There is a bright, miniature, long-tailed comet situated within a much larger, but very much fainter and diffuse halo of a coma.”

    “Those visual people using larger telescope also often remark about the odd way the comet looks, while those using relatively small scopes and big binoculars report seeing a larger, more-or-less faint but uniform cometary mass,” he added. “This comet is currently at a distance from the sun where it should no longer exhibit such a dichotomy of appearance.โ€

    Bortle has observed several hundred comets and yet, he writes, “At this stage of the game, with the comet about to cross the orbit of Earth, I cannot recall any previous comet in my 50-plus years of comet observing looking quite like this. So, what does ISON’s current look foretell, or mean? I honestly don’t know. All I can say is I don’t like the odd look of it at this time.”

    …..What does Bortle mean about ‘not liking the odd look of it’?

  30. just curious…what time zone are these based on?

  31. A great article,thank you very much. Informative and helpful,consider yourself well and truly bookmarked!

  32. Thought the thing is headed straight for earth and the government was turning off the electricity leaving us in the dark till February?? Where is earth in the line up?

    • No, nothing like that is going to happen. ISON will miss Earth by 40 MILLION MILES, and the whole blackout thing is just conspiracy theory BS.

      • I remember hearing something about ISON passing one of the planets in our solar system and energizing it. It was said that if the comet energizes Mercury, it could make Mercury a comet too, and it could have devastating affects on Earth… Now I am by no stretch of the imagination educated in space or how things work, you seem to be knowledgable of certain things or maybe someone else could help me out as well, it may also be a simple question. Now assuming it was true and it could become “energized” and “become a comet” would that mean it would be pulled out of orbit? If it WAS true what would most likely happen, and if it is totally irrelevant ( which would not surprise me, just looking for a clarification ) a reply is appreciated! And if there is a meteor shower when would it happen? Also, very informative article, enjoyed it. Thank you.

      • Stephen… what you heard probably referred to Mars, and absolutely nothing happened to it. The very basic, most fundamental fact is that comets are just chunks of ice and rock and dust so they can’t “energise” anything. Comets melt, that’s what they do, that’s all they do. ISON passed Mars at a distance of many millions of miles, there was no interaction. There will be no interaction with Mercury either. Hope this helps reassure you ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Haha, thank you. I’ve heard that it’s actually a planet or something but I don’t know about that. Thanks for the reply! (:

      • You’re welcome, I set up this blog to try and help and educate people so glad to know it’s working ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Beautiful exiting mysterious marvelous. Saw Hubble comet as a young woman’s. nothing can beat that.

  34. I am a bit confuse, on the daylight viewing of ISON, near Nov 28, 29th.. One reply here,(2nd one on this month’s replies), stated the comet will be north of the Sun, on Nov 28, however the pictures display for morning time(example 10am) show the Sun and ISON as they are rising in the east, with ISON to the south of the sun(right-side). Which one is correct?.
    Also,– when you show multiple other times for possible daylight viewing, 10am 11, 12, 1pm, 2pm.. the pics still show ISON on the right-side of generated Sun.(its shifts a little–but it should be more?) Doesn’t celestial objects shift as they move across the sky, like the end of a clock, so when two objects rise in the east, as they set in the west they should reverse, Yes?
    In other words, if you see ( A + B), in the east, rising, then at 2 to 6pm, as they are setting they should be (B + A) where B is now on the left-side as they set. ?? — I am confuse,, please clarified.. Thanks.. Dennis

    No matter what the answer is,– thanks for the great job of putting these generated images together, and showing the layout of the Comet as it progresses across the sky both day and night..

    • Thanks for your comment Dennis, appreciate it, and glad you’re finding my blog useful. Yeah, it is a bit confusing, but you have to remember that during the course of the day the comet will be moving around the Sun, it won’t be staying static. Please bear in mind also that I’m limited by the abilities of the software when producing those charts, and they should only be used as a rough guide.

  35. This was a very detailed report. I wanted to know if this can be viewed in the western part of India without any binoculars.

    • Thanks Patricia. ISON can’t be viewed *anywhere” without binoculars yet, I think that’s probably going to have to wait until very late November/early December. But you will be able to see ISON now from India, in the east before dawn, through binoculars or with a small telescope. And in December you shou;ld be able to see it for a short time after sunset in the west, too.

  36. Excellent, well-produced articles that even a newbie to Astronomy like me can understand, Thank You for making the interpretations of events simple enough for everyone to follow.

  37. Visible right now in Annapolis MD!!!! STUNNING!

    • “Stunning”? Kate, what are you looking at? ISON needs a telescope or big binoculars to see it… if you’re looking at something big and bright in the sky that’s Jupiter. Just checking, let me know.

  38. can i see it from Indonesia without telescope?
    by the way great article ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you so much

    • No-one can see it without a telescope from anywhere Ayu, it’s too faint, so faint you need either a telescope or a really big pair of binoculars to see it.

  39. Oh well!!!
    Wake me up when its all over. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I’m in Atlanta,GA…Is it visible to naked eye yet? and if so, where should I look before sunrise tomorrow morning?

    • Sorry, Matthew, ISON is far too faint to be visible to the naked eye yet, it;s still a telescope/binocular object. To keep up to date with how brighht it is, keep checking my monthly updates for my own observing reports. Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. listen folks i’ve seen it. I live in the caribbean and it was the brightest thing in the sky, i turned in my bed yawning to sleep and bam! Gazing through the window a weird seemingly slowly falling star, needless to say sleep was no longer a priority cause i was now wide awake. It is the most spectacular thing i have ever seen a star with a beam of light following it. Thank goodness for google, a little research eased my panic, wow! Comet ISON.

  42. ISON have seen a pair o binoculars . this one is visible to those people who are get up early and stay up late. acording to my view this is a great movement of his life.

    • Absolutely, Alina, saw it myself very clearly this morning in my binocs. Maybe we will be in for a treat after all ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Brilliant!!!!!!

  44. What would happen if the comet hit earth, or into the sun?

    • Well, if it hit the Sun nothing would happen, it’s a chunk of snowy ice about 1km across, so it would just vanish, it wouldn’t even reach the surface of the Sun, just poooft! ๐Ÿ™‚ If it hit Earth I suppose it would be like a very big atomic bomb going off, and could easily take out a city. BUT it is coming nowhere near us, will never be closer than 40 million miles away and won’t, and can’t, change course, so we’re safe, please don’t worry! And don;t believe any of the cranks and crackpots on Twitter or YouTube who are scaremongering about this, they’re lying, pure and simple.

  45. […] ย C/2012 S1 ย  C/2012 S1, also known as Comet ISON or Comet Nevskiโ€“Novichonok, is a sungrazing comet discovered […]

  46. […] Waiting for ISON […]

  47. […] Waiting for ISON November 2013 […]

  48. Hello. I’m fifteen-year old and I live in the philippines, I love this article of yours! Its full of optimism. I’ve watched some youtube videos about comet ISON and They said that at the end of january 2014. Humans will extinct because of this comet. And I’m afraid and scared if this conclusion is true. But I wish not. Thank you for this Superb Presentation! I wish I will see this Magnificent scenario in my country. :))

    • Clarissa, thanks for reading my blog and for leaving a comment. I hope you weren’t too badly affected by the typhoon, please let us all know you’re ok? Please ignore all the stuff on YouTube about bad things being caused by Comet ISON, NONE of it is true, and anyone making a video saying ISON will make humans extinct, or is a threat to us in any way, is basically either completely ignorant about science, or deliberately spreading misinformation and lying in an attempt to scare people, which is wicked, it really is. So please, don’t be scared, ISON is too small and is going to pass us at such a great distance – 40 million miles! – that it can’t affect our weather, it can’t cause earthquakes, it’s not carrying any diseases, and it’s not going to hit us.

  49. Just wanting to say: thanks for all the work on this site. I’ve been following ISON for months now. It’s finally getting to the exciting bit! I live in Toronto, so most of my amateur astronomy efforts are done on the Internet. I tell my friends about it and they just give me bored looks. So it’s great to see other people online who are genuinely interested in this.

  50. Great blog…god bless you…i remember the days when i accidently saw hale bopp..omg what a beauty…am following ison for an year now on the internet…looks like i am too lucky to see this comet with d nikon 16×50 i recently purchased…i am so high…oh dear ison

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