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New Comet: C/2012 S1 (ISON)

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posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 07:37 PM
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Mark your calendars people of ATS, a new comet has recently been discovered that may turn out to be the brightest comet since Comet Hale–Bopp passed by in 1996, and perhaps even outshining it.



Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will get to within 0.012AU of the Sun (extremely close) at the end of November 2013 and then to ~0.4AU from Earth at the beginning of January 2014! According to its orbit, this comet might become a naked-eye object in the period November 2013 - January 2014. And it might reach a negative magnitude at the end of November 2013.

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This is the image that confirmed the new comet.


Edit to add an animation:




Here is a ranking of some of the brightest comets in recent history:



peak
m1 Comet
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(-10) C/1965 S1 (Ikeya-Seki)
(-5.5) C/2006 P1 (McNaught)
-3.0 C/1975 V1 (West)
(-3) C/1947 X1 (Southern comet)
(-1) C/1948 V1 (Eclipse comet)

-0.8 C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
(-0.5) C/1956 R1 (Arend-Roland)
(-0.5) C/2002 V1 (NEAT)
0.0 C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)
0.0 C/1969 Y1 (Bennett)

(0) C/1973 E1 (Kohoutek)
(0) C/1962 C1 (Seki-Lines)
0.5 C/1998 J1 (SOHO)
1.0 C/1957 P1 (Mrkos)
(1) C/1970 K1 (White-Ortiz-Bolelli)

1.7 C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock)
(2) C/1941 B2 (de Kock-Paraskevopoulos)
(2.2) C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
2.4 1P/1982 U1 (Halley)
(2.4) 17P (Holmes) [Oct. 2007]

2.5 C/2000 WM_1 (LINEAR)
2.7 C/1964 N1 (Ikeya)
2.8 C/2001 Q4 (NEAT)
2.8 C/1989 W1 (Aarseth-Brewington)
2.8 C/1963 A1 (Ikeya)

2.9 153P/2002 C1 (Ikeya-Zhang)
3.0 C/2001 A2 (LINEAR)
3.3 C/1936 K1 (Peltier)
(3.3) C/2004 F4 (Bradfield)
3.5 C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

3.5 C/1942 X1 (Whipple-Fedtke-Tevzadze)
3.5 C/1940 R2 (Cunningham)
3.5 C/1939 H1 (Jurlof-Achmarof-Hassel)
3.5 C/1959 Y1 (Burnham)
3.5 C/1969 T1 (Tago-Sato-Kosaka)

3.5 C/1980 Y1 (Bradfield)
(3.5) C/1961 O1 (Wilson-Hubbard)
(3.5) C/1955 L1 (Mrkos)
3.6 C/1990 K1 (Levy)
3.7 C/1975 N1 (Kobayashi-Berger-Milon)

3.9 C/1974 C1 (Bradfield)
3.9 C/1937 N1 (Finsler)

Source: International Comet Quarterly


I've been waiting many years for a chance to photograph a comet like this. Hopefully it will live up to expectations as well as being visible from the Northern hemisphere when it's peaking in brightness.


Edit to add: One unusual and notable feature of this comet is that it belongs to a group of comets that are known as Sunskirters. Usually they are only spotted by the coronagraphs aboard the SOHO spacecraft, so well done to the team that found this one using a telescope



Edit to add alternative source (in Russian): www.utro.ru


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posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:05 PM
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It's the second coming of course. Note the name, I Son!
We're all gonna die...again.



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:10 PM
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This is quite interesting, I don't think it's a new thing for comets to appear.. is it?



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:16 PM
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reply to post by Conceals
 

It unusual for them to put on a good display. This one is promising. It also appears to have a hyperbolic orbit which means it will only be making this visit to the inner solar system.



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 08:19 PM
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Oh cool, I cant wait to look up into the sky 2013 and see it. If I even remember it or if we live that long



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 09:32 PM
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As Phage says, this one is looking promising, keeping in mind that only a preliminary orbit has been calculated so far.

I came across this graph (more graphs and data here), which if I'm interpreting it correctly shows that Comet ISON should be high in the sky (presumably for northern hemisphere observers - but I see no mention of "hemispheres" in connection with that particular graph) when it starts to peak in brightness.

I'm hoping this also means it won't be close to the sun in terms of it's position in the sky, which would make it hard to observer/photograph.

Anyone care to confirm? Phage, ngchunter?



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 09:37 PM
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Originally posted by Phage
It's the second coming of course. Note the name, I Son!
We're all gonna die...again.


HaHa.... Really, how do they get named, Oh Phage Of Sky Stuff. (I figure this question is up your alley!)



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 09:52 PM
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Declination does not provide the elevation of an object, it is the "north-south" coordinate of the equatorial system. It will be visible in the northern hemisphere and, as with all comets, its brightness will be greater when it is closer to the Sun.

I think it should be visible (if it is) in the northern hemisphere before dawn from around mid December when it's on its way out.



posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 11:42 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up Phage.

I've always thought that the "ideal" comet would be at it's peak magnitude when at it's closest to Earth, at the same time as being far from the Sun in terms of it's position in the sky, and was hoping this was it, but even so this one still sounds very promising.

It should also be interesting to observe in conjunction with the approaching solar maximum.

Fingers crossed there will also be a meteor shower associated with Comet:ISON - I'm sure people are already calculating the possibilities and we will hear more about it in the coming days/weeks.



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 03:13 AM
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I don't see any evidence that the comet has a hyperbolic orbit. The elements in the JPL Small Bodies database show an eccentricity very slightly greater than 1.0, but you have to remember that this orbit has been calculated based on the Sun as the centre of mass. The eccentricity will almost certainly be slightly less than 1.0 with respect to the Solar System barycentre......unless the comet is gravitationally perturbed by one of the giant planets.



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 04:56 AM
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Can anybody please help me understand why the variation of distance has this anomaly / abruptly change on his movement?



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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 05:04 AM
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Just another quick question, has anyone calculated yet the size of the comet ?



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 05:18 AM
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I'd hazard a guess that that is when it goes around the sun.



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 05:35 AM
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Ok. So this variation of distance is related to earth rather than the sun.

So after the encounter with the sun it comes “back”, as shown in the next image, to the earth path.



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The exposed thought leaves me with two questions:
First: why the amplitude (in time) of the first approximation to earth compared to the second, is three times smaller?

Second: Does the calculation of the comet’s orbit can be accurate, after the encounter with the sun? (The remark I make, it’s because of the uncertain result obtained with path of comet Lovejoy after is encounter with Sun)
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 05:58 AM
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Originally posted by Phage
It's the second coming of course. Note the name, I Son!
We're all gonna die...again.





I am not so sure this is really Phage any more,
Because the real Phage would have either known
or would have discovered that ISON is the ISON-NM Observatory,
Not some prophetic silly name. Nor would the real Phage have jumped to that kind of reasoning.

Where is the real Phage and what have you done with him
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Or at the least associated the Family Name of Ison from as far back as the Norman Conquest or before.
www.houseofnames.com...

Come on so called Phage, who are you really?
I have suspected you are an imposter ever since you changed your Avatar to a hang-glider.
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 05:59 AM
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The comet will speed up as it approaches the sun, I think this is what you're asking?

And similarly, it's orbit will be better known as it get's closer to the sun. Lovejoy was projected to burn up as it passed by the sun, apart from that, as far as I'm aware, there weren't any anomalies in it's orbit.



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:08 AM
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ok. i think that answer the first question. But I’m not so sure if it answers the second. Has said, Lovejoy it was expected to burn... but that didn't happen... (had anyone predicted that? And is path after the sun, did it behave as it should have after that?) So maybe we can assume some uncertainty on his path after the sun?

thanks for the feedback



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:09 AM
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Originally posted by azureskys

Originally posted by Phage
It's the second coming of course. Note the name, I Son!
We're all gonna die...again.





I am not so sure this is really Phage any more,
Because the real Phage would have either known
or would have discovered that ISON is the ISON-NM Observatory,
Not some prophetic silly name. Nor would the real Phage have jumped to that kind of reasoning.

Where is the real Phage and what have you done with him
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Jesus is a comet silly... haha
It's the REAL phage all right, but with a more comedic flare. I wanna see more of that.

I cannot tell if you were being serious or not, but phage is apparently a little joker.

I can't wait for this. I have never seen a comet ever. I saw an amazing meteor shower though. I think I was about 8 so this is like 1995, or 1996, or 1994 somewhere in there. I was in South Carolina near georgia on a golf course. Laying on my back as thousands of fireballs flew through the sky... It was so intense, I thought the palm trees were going to catch fire. They looked SO close to the ground. I could see their tails all the way from one end to the other of the sky, and being on a golf course I could see a lot of sky...

I so want to re-experience something like this...
missed halebop however you spell that, but hoping, so hoping I don't miss this one.

by the way "A Stranger in a strange land" Is my all time favorite book. It's so amazing when you grock it all hahaha.
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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 06:30 AM
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I can see the videos now...

- The Mayan Calendar was misinterpreted and this is the object they were talking about, Get ready folks, this shizz just got real..

along with

- This has all the traits of Nibiru, check out the orbit, where it is approaching from, and the size of this thing, it can't be a comet. NASA are liars, the government (Head explodes)

Then

The world ends of course once again and we find another cosmic object to beat off too...



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 07:24 AM
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The accuracy of a comet's determined orbit is based on the number of observations used, the accuracy of those observations, and the length of the "arc" in which those calculated positions have been obtained. As the comet is observed over time, the length of the arc (section of orbit) used for calculating positions (and the number of observations themselves) will increase, which will result in improved accuracy of the determined orbital elements. A comet that approaches the Sun as closely as this one will also suffer from "relativistic effects", but these can easily be calculated by modern computers.

Of course, there is always great uncertainty with respect to non-gravitational forces (the rocket like thrusting effect associated with sublimating ices of varying composition) when dealing with "new" comets, but even these will be refined as the orbit determination becomes more accurate.
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