‘Super comet’ to illuminate night sky in 2013

Mark your calendars. In late November/early December 2013 a “super comet” might pass by Earth, provided it isn’t destroyed by the sun. Scientists term Comet ISON (officially “C/2012 S1”) a “sun-grazer” because it will clip the edge of the sun. Being so near the sun, much of its frozen matter will erupt in jets of gas and dust.

No big deal. It only stands a chance of being “fifteen times brighter than the moon.”


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