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Video: Comet ISON: Super Bright or Super Lame?

Posted by Bruce Betts

12-11-2013 14:47 CST

Topics: comets, Planetary Society Video, explaining science, Planetary Society People

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) was touted months ago by media as the possible comet of the century. Will it be that, or a cosmic dud? How ridiculously close will it pass by the Sun on November 28, 2013? Will it slam into the Earth? Find out the basics about Comet ISON in this 3 minute video I made:

Comet ISON: Super Bright or Super Lame?
Video by Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts providing the basics about Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) including information about visibility and its close pass by the Sun.
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Sameer Marathe: 11/12/2013 03:11 CST

Nice video Dr. Betts. What happens to sun-grazer comets that don't survive? Do they simply vaporize and the gases dissipate away with the solar wind? Do they dive into the Sun and get swallowed?

kartikeyan Iyer: 11/15/2013 11:39 CST

Very useful video. I expected to view ISON by naked eye today morning from (23degree North, 72.5degree East) but failed. What is its present state? With Full-moon tomorrow, I want to know if it is expected to be visible tomorrow morning.

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