Much anticipated comet ISON may be in trouble

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Much anticipated comet ISON may be in trouble
Posted by Poppa Chris on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:10 PM

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Posted by Antitax on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:43 PM

   People are better off chasing for Comet Lovejoy these days. I saw it with various instruments last night, the smallest being my C5's 30mm finder. Sky&Telescope has a clear finder chart for Lovejoy within their ISON update article. Any scope will show it well cause a little finder pulled it out of the lit skies above my industrial city.

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:05 PM

I posted two other links on this topic earlier today at

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Posted by Aratus on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:21 PM

Frankly its been in 'trouble' for a long time.  Even with the outbursts it could never have reached naked eye visibilty for most people.    It was always dropping into a brighter sky, and moonlight was masking what little light it was giving.    I think it will be worth looking out on the mornings of the 28th.  An outburst then might create a tail curving up above the horizon.   The same goes for the morning and evening of the 29th.   Since this is a shot in the dark it Smile it might be worth noting the positions of other objects around, so the time won't be completely wasted if nothing happens.


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Posted by MooseMan01 on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:18 PM

Hey folks this is pretty cool- I was at the SOHO website last night (Solar Heliospheric Observatory) which is a satellite in outer space, and looking at the LASCO C3 coronagraph images, to see if there were any recent coronal mass ejections. In the lower left corner, I see comet ISON! Check it out. And in fact you can download a video of the most recent frames from SOHO using their SOHO Movie Player. It's a feature on the site that lets you look at the most recent images.

Select "LASCO C3" for the image type, enter about 20 frames in the "Latest n Images" box, and hit SEARCH. It will show you the latest images, you'll see the comet moving in space! Images are taken about every 20 minutes or so, so this is almost like seeing a live feed!

Also probably Venus in the lower left corner.


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