Comet 'Shining 15 Times Brighter Than Moon'
Will Fly by Our Planet in 2013
They are one
of the most spectacular views a human could hope to see and
next year a comet which could outshine the moon is due to fly by
is visiting the inner solar system and is set to put on spectacular
views for the Northern Hemisphere across November and December as
it heads towards the sun.
It may prove
to be brighter than any comet of the last century visible
even in broad daylight and this may end up being its one
and only trip to the solar system, as its trajectory may see it
plunge into the sun in a fiery death.
It is currently
moving inwards from beyond Jupiter, and as it approaches the Earth,
the 'dirty snowball' could produce a dazzling display, burning brighter
than the moon and potentially being visible in broad daylight.
discovered by astronomers using the International Scientific Optical
Network telescope in Russia, will pass within two million miles
of the sun's surface making it s 'sun-grazing' comet.
It is on a
'parabolic' orbit, which means it probably originated from the outer
skirts of the solar system, perhaps from the Oort cloud a
mass of icy debris which lies 50,000 times further from the sun
than the Earth does.
If comet ISON
survives the encounter, it could take thousands potentially
millions of years before the comet passes back through the
inner solar system.
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