[meteorite-list] Big Sun-diving Comet Discovered: Comet C/2012 S1(ISON)

From: Graham Ensor <graham.ensor_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:12:47 +0100
Message-ID: <CAJkn+kY_bCa4RGhRMW4Cza=PyQjfLNfW66mxjiTAgnT6ryG+Pw_at_mail.gmail.com>

Wow...looking forward to that if predictions are true.


On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM, Matson, Robert D.
<ROBERT.D.MATSON at saic.com> wrote:
> Hi Ron/List,
> Given the length of the current arc (270 days), and the consistency of
> the
> photometry over that time, I will go out on a limb and say that this
> will
> almost certainly become the brightest comet that has ever been seen --
> by
> a significant margin -- by most people alive today.
> What's particularly amazing is how close this comet will come to Mars
> around October 1st next year -- less than 7 million miles! Hopefully
> NASA/JPL will have plans in the works to schedule instrument pointing
> and imaging of the comet using the suite of sensors both on and in orbit
> around the Red Planet. For Mars, this will be a northern hemisphere
> comet -- certainly visible from both rovers. --Rob
> -----Original Message-----
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> Baalke
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> Subject: [meteorite-list] Big Sun-diving Comet Discovered: Comet C/2012
> S1(ISON)
> Space Weather News for Sept. 25, 2012
> http://spaceweather.com
> SUNDIVING COMET: Astronomers are paying close attention to a
> newly-discovered comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON), which is heading for a
> remarkably close encounter with the sun. Fierce solar heat could turn
> Comet ISON into a bright naked-eye object in Nov.
> 2013. First images and speculation about the comet are highlighted on
> today's edition of http://spaceweather.com
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