Brightest comet in almost 50 years is lighting up early-morning skies
Comet ISON shines in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Nov. 8 at 5:40 a.m. EST. The image has a field of view of roughly 1.5 degrees by 1 degree and was captured using a color CCD camera attached to a 14-inch telescope at Marshall. At the time of this picture, Comet ISON was 97 million miles from Earth, heading toward a close encounter with the sun on Thanksgiving. Located in the constellation of Virgo, the comet is now visible with a good pair of binoculars.
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am
The best and the brightest comet to come along in almost 50 years is starting to light up the early-morning skies.
Comet ISON can be seen now in the eastern night sky. The comet will make its trip past the sun on Thanksgiving Day and continue on to a close pass of Earth.
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Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am.