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Comet ISON Spotted Again

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Comet ISON Spotted Again, and Not Looking Good

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

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