Amateur astronomers see Comet ISON

“I photographed Comet ISON on Sept. 15th using my 4-inch refractor,” reports astrophotographer Pete Lawrence of Selsey UK. “The comet’s tail is nicely on view even through this relatively small instrument.”

Anticipation is building as Comet ISON approaches the sun for a close encounter on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). No one knows if the blast of solar heating ISON receives will turn it into one of the finest comets in years–or destroy the icy visitor from the outer solar system.

Astronomer Carey Lisse, the head of NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign, hopes that “every telescope on Earth will be trained on the comet in October and November.” He may get his wish. As September comes to an end, amateur astronomers around the world are already monitoring the comet.
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