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Comet Ison

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    Comet Ison was discovered in mid September and is currently making its way around the sun. The comet will be at the perihelion (where it is nearest to the sun) on Thanksgiving day around 6:25pm Eastern time. It's being called a sungrazing comet, as it will be slingshotting its way around the sun as it makes its journey through our solar system. The comet is getting a lot of attention because of its age and how close it come to the Earth and Sun.

    Ison is believed to be 4-5 billion years old, containing material that is of the very makings of our solar system. Awesome. And, the proximity to the sun will be the closest we have ever seen; it will come within 730,000 miles as it travels through our solar system. Its unknown if the comet will survive the radiation from the sun or not. Scientists are currently just speculating. But, if it does, it could put on quite a night sky show come December and January.

    It was visible the Tuesday morning of the 26th of November. Did anyone hear get to see it? Do you think the comet will survive and put on a good show next month? Hope so. Its a rare occurrence. Either way, even if Ison doesn't stay completely in tact, that may be better for scientist study, as they say it will be easier from them to study the fragments.
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    NASA thought they lost it when it passed by the sun but it seems to have actually survived. It should be visible in about 24 hours. Each night it will rise higher and higher in the sky. Predicted to pass around through or near the Big Dipper around Dec. 17 when it will be visible around midnight.

    Good article here