This is the topic that’s dominating the astronomy newswires these days as the much hyped up comet ISON reached perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) yesterday. Even I thought it was completely fried as it approached the Sun and just about everyone was calling it a done deal, when somehow something emerged from the other side! Apparently there is something that certainly looks like a comet, perhaps a fragment of the original but comet..esque just the same! Many unknowns still at play so stay tuned!
In 5 days the comet flies through the Sun’s atmosphere. We will be waiting with great anticipation when it comes around the other side!
Well folks, I’m not seeing it yet. I was out there at 5:05 with my 16 x 70 binoculars, more than enough power and looking at the latest maps http://www.spaceweather.com/images2013/19nov13/skymap.gif?PHPSESSID=bf9m2ck95ptr7s4r1p5slr6g63. I did not find it. Now it could be the fact that we’re fighting the Moon as it is only 1 day past full, but comet Lovejoy, now about halfway between Leo and the Big Dipper was easily seen. I haven’t seen any posts in the last day on any sites regarding any further changes in ISON’s brightness and supposedly it has gone through a sudden flare-up, but so far unimpressive. We will see what happens after Thanksgiving.
Sirius Observatory buried in 3 feet of snow in Western Mass. After 10 years of weather disasters we finally made the move to the Desert Southwest. I arrived in southern New Mexico on August 22, 2013
Backyard of our new site in southern New Mexico. Now this is what I’m talking about! Clear and dry 350 days out of 365! Shown here is my portable set-up with Orion ED80 refractor and solar imaging gear