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Comet ISON Spotted Again

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 01:02 PM

Comet ISON Spotted Again, and Not Looking Good

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Since June, Comet ISON has been hidden behind the Sun. Now an amateur imager has just recovered it low in the dawn and it hasn't been brightening as much as we hoped. Don't bet on a fine naked-eye spectacle this December.

A couple weeks earlier than we expected, amateur imager Bruce Gary in Arizona has become the first person to pick up Comet ISON again after its 2-month intermission behind the glare of the Sun. Using an 11-inch scope pointing only 6 above the eastern dawn horizon, and by stacking images, he succeeded in recording a fuzzy point with an anti-sunward tail at Comet ISON's exact predicted position among stars that are as faint as magnitude 16. Measuring the image, Gary comes up with a V magnitude of 14.3 0.2 for the comet that is being so widely anticipated worldwide.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 01:17 PM

I've been looking forward to it.  Hope it holds together and makes a show for us in December.

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