Comet Ison

The great excitement that accompanied the first announcement of the discovery of Comet ISON was that initially its orbit
Comet ISON is now two days away from a close encounter with the Sun, an encounter that it very well may not survive. On Thursday ISON will sweep around the Sun, clearing its roiling surface by as little as 800,000 miles. After Thanksgiving, one of three fates will have come to pass.
As long as ISON survives on Nov. 28, early December should be the best time to spot the comet. And YOU may be able to spot
2013-11-25-cometisondavid1125.jpg As astronomers who have been watching the comet know, however, the past few days -- and the next few days -- will not be the best ones to try to catch the comet.
Will the space rock be cooked to oblivion? Astronomers are keeping a watchful eye. NASA's new video comes just in time for
2013-11-20-cometisondavideichler20.jpg In late November, Comet ISON moves its fastest as it flies from Virgo, through Libra and Scorpius, and then heads north into Ophiuchus.
Grab your binoculars, stargazers. Touted as the "comet of the century," Comet ISON is in full "outburst mode," having brightened
In recent months, Comet ISON has repeatedly befuddled forecasters trying to anticipate just how bright it will ultimately
2013-11-11-Davidjeichlercometison3.jpg Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the much-anticipated visitor from the distant depths of the solar system, continues to brighten and this week should reach naked-eye visibility as seen from a dark sky, away from city lights.
The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.