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Transcript of Comet Ison
world gets to experience at the same
time, one of them will be the arrival
of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). Comet ISON was discovered on September 21,
2012 by two Russian astronomers, Vitaly Nevsky and Artyom Novichonok. They were able to take a picture to prove its existence. Discovering a new comet is always interesting and exciting, but this one is special because of how bright it is going to be. From all around the globe people will be anxiously waiting for the arrival of the comet. If it does not explode when it reaches nearer to the sun, it will be seen all over the night sky. David Whitehouse, a writer for the English news paper, The independent, says "Comet ISON could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations – brighter even than the full Moon." By the end of the summer, it will become visible to
small telescopes and binoculars. In October it will
pass very close to Mars. It can be seen by the naked eye after sunset in late November and December. It will pass nearly 1.8000000 km away from us! When we hear numbers like that it sounds big but in space thats really, really close. Comets have been a part of history throughout
time. Historians have written about comets and
the events they coincided with. Aristotle mentioned comets in his writings and there is a historical chinese reference to Halleys comet back in 240 BC. Comet arrivals have been seen as both good and bad signs, I hope comet ISON is a great sign for 2014. Sources: