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2 Bright Comets Next Year ?

Post by Cliff on Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:46 pm



Next year may turn out to be spectacular for both Astronomers and casual stargazers alike. If all goes according to recent predictions 2 bright comets will light up the night skies. One of them may even be visible during the day being the brightest in recorded history ! I'll save the best for last.

http://www.space.com/15108-comet-panstarrs-skywatching-countdown-2013.html

Comet PANSTARRS - This one will be viewable for most Northern hemisphere observers and should be about as bright as some of the planets. It should easily be observable with your eyes only but binoculars or a telescope at times will provide even better views. Look for it sometime between February - April of 2013 in the Western skies. More updates will follow as time draws near .

http://www.space.com/17762-newfound-comet-dazzling-2013-display-c2012s1.html

Comet ISON - If all goes according to predictions and the comet doesn't disintegrate during it's closest approach to the sun (perihelion) like many do,this one MAY BECOME THE BRIGHTEST IN HISTORY during the latter part of 2013 ! I do want to emphasize however that comets are unpredictable and odds at the moment are 50/50 whether or not it holds up. This one may be a daytime object and when it is out during the night may be an awesome display. I'm hoping it does but time will tell with both of these.

Enjoy ( hopefully ) !
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Re: 2 Bright Comets Next Year ?

Post by 99 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:14 pm

Thanks for letting us know about this! The second one sounds like a real doozy too!
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Re: 2 Bright Comets Next Year ?

Post by Cyrellys on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:43 pm

I remember my whole class studying Halley's Comet back in grade school. It helped to foster my interest in Astronomy. Hopefully these do the same for a new generation of school children if they are as visible?


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Re: 2 Bright Comets Next Year ?

Post by Cliff on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:54 pm

I'm hoping Cy, but comets are so unpredictable and nobody knows for sure how these two will pan out until they have completed their orbits around the sun. There have been some that Astronomers have had high expectations for and fizzled into nothing but then again others like Hale-Bopp have just amazed us and provided quite an awesome celestial display. I'm hoping my grandkids will have the chance to view these. They love looking through the scope.

Back in the 80's when Halley's comet came back around I viewed it through my Tinsley 8" observatory type SCT. It took up the entire field of view through that scope that I had then. It lit up the eyepiece with a bluish color which was just amazing.

I'm fortunate enough now to have a wide field 5" refractor telescope that I have been viewing with and have seen a recent comet unexpectedly brighten up to 10th magnitude which surprised many of us throughout the Astronomical community. It was one of several that provided a good primer for better things to come, hopefully.

I'm 45 now and have studied Astronomy as an amateur since about age 12. I'm hoping to contribute to the forum as much as possible and help keep members updated to night sky events as time allows. Cool

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Re: 2 Bright Comets Next Year ?

Post by Bard on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:01 am

It would be nice to see a comet with the naked eye again.


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