Comet ISON In All It's Glory
There has been a lot of talk about Comet ISON over the past few months, and with images like this one taken by Adam Block, it's not hard to see why. According to Block, even though it is still not visible with the naked eye, images like the one above are going to become increasingly common as ISON passes closer to the sun.
If Comet ISON survives it's impending brush with the sun, it could end up becoming a major skywatching event, similar to that of the 'Great Comet' of 1668. This means the potential for some spectacularly vivid lights in our night sky and even during the day. However, as ISON continues its path, many more astronomers believe that it won't survive it's 'Sun-Grazing' path and may actually break up before it get's the chance to show us what it is really made of.
If ISON does survive, expect the show to start some time around late November and early December.
For those of a nervous disposition, you can rest easy with Comet ISON as it stands no chance of entering a collision course with us folks here on Earth.
Andrew Block's image was taken using Arizona University's Schulman Telescope, which sits atop Mount Lemmon, north of Tucson, AZ.