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Comet Ison Brightens Up

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Looks like ISON is finally getting its act together. Fingers crossed.

http://www.huffingto..._n_4279325.html

Visible in NI since Thursday. I love this stuff and this comet looks like it's going to be amazing... finger's crossed for a good show.

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Visible in NI since Thursday. I love this stuff and this comet looks like it's going to be amazing... finger's crossed for a good show.

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Sky%20Events%20Now.html''>http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Sky%20Events%20Now.html' rel="external nofollow">

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Sky%20Events%20Now.html

I might get my telescope out! ( oor arr missus!). :blink:

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I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday night Mr Pin ;) .

I love looking at the stars! There are so many! I'm not "ccc" BTW! :huh:

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I love looking at the stars! There are so many! I'm not "ccc" BTW! :huh:

You are very different from ccc I think, Mr Pin :). Not that there is anything wrong with ccc - just different.

Enjoy the stars and I hope you see the comet.

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You are very different from ccc I think, Mr Pin :). Not that there is anything wrong with ccc - just different.

Enjoy the stars and I hope you see the comet.

If you can get a woman to look up your telescope, they are always fascinated! :blink:

I am quite eccentric, in real life! :blink:

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Last year this was flagged as the great naked-eye comet, I thought it would be fantastic to see, like the eclipse which was AMAZING.

So far all I've seen is grainy photos. I was hoping for more.

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Last year this was flagged as the great naked-eye comet, I thought it would be fantastic to see, like the eclipse which was AMAZING.

So far all I've seen is grainy photos. I was hoping for more.

Reasonable pair of binoculars, then you can see "more"! You are much more likely to pull out a pair of binoculars, than set up a big telescope. 10x is enough magnification, with 50 mm front lens. Probably a tripod too, as hands wobble. :(

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Last year this was flagged as the great naked-eye comet, I thought it would be fantastic to see, like the eclipse which was AMAZING.

So far all I've seen is grainy photos. I was hoping for more.

The 1999 eclipse was hidden by cloud apart from a few seconds (i went to Fowey to see it).

Nonetheless, it was, indeed, amazing. The clouds just gave it a different aspect.

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The 1999 eclipse was hidden by cloud apart from a few seconds (i went to Fowey to see it).

Nonetheless, it was, indeed, amazing. The clouds just gave it a different aspect.

Yep, cloudy all day and then cleared just before. Absolutely unforgettable. The birds singing and the light coming back white like a strong flourescent light. You had to be very lucky that day to see it and I was B)

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Yep, cloudy all day and then cleared just before. Absolutely unforgettable. The birds singing and the light coming back white like a strong flourescent light. You had to be very lucky that day to see it and I was B)

It confused the birds! They thought it was night again! :blink:

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I've got binoculars :o

All you need to see "stuff"! ;)

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can somebody please help me. :unsure:

I have been looking for the comet, without success. However, it was to the east of the sun before going around it, and so I expected it would be to the west afterwards, and thus visible in the night sky. However, it is going to be visible in the mornings which means it is still to the east. :blink:

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I was out walking the other night and noticed a really bright object - to the west, like a really bright star but seemed a little too big, was this the comet?

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can somebody please help me. :unsure:

I have been looking for the comet, without success. However, it was to the east of the sun before going around it, and so I expected it would be to the west afterwards, and thus visible in the night sky. However, it is going to be visible in the mornings which means it is still to the east. :blink:

You would be no good piloting the Enterprise.

We will be able to see it - possibly - with the rising Sun in the morning in the East. Do NOT look at the Sun directly for obvious reasons.

However, from our relative space in Time and the Universe, the idea is that, as we 'look' at the Sun (Don't look at the Sun), from our relative position it looks to us as if the comet would be going around the Sun from the East and coming back out from behind it to the West.

So, basically imagine the Sun as a circular disc with North at the top, South at the bottom, East to the right and West to the left.

It would have made more sense if they had said it was going around the Sun from the right and coming out from the left hand-side. But they didn't.

It is a bit like the navy - naval ships have port and starboard but naval aircraft use left and right whereas RAF aircraft use port and starbaord. Yes, I know it is confusing.

Port or starboard?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czvEDNdyFBU

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I was out walking the other night and noticed a really bright object - to the west, like a really bright star but seemed a little too big, was this the comet?

To the West? Are you sure?

Most of the stuff is towards the East currently? Jupiter is the biggie in the East around 10ish and then you have Mercury and Saturn in the South East very early in the morning before sunrise.

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You would be no good piloting the Enterprise.

We will be able to see it - possibly - with the rising Sun in the morning in the East. Do NOT look at the Sun directly for obvious reasons.

However, from our relative space in Time and the Universe, the idea is that, as we 'look' at the Sun (Don't look at the Sun), from our relative position it looks to us as if the comet would be going around the Sun from the East and coming back out from behind it to the West.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czvEDNdyFBU

If it was coming back out to the west it would be visible in the evening. Everything to the west of the sun is visible in the evening.

But Ison approached from the east and is going to exit to the east - that's why it's visible in the morning if it survives. :blink:

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