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That orbit is due to bring Comet ISON incredibly close to the sun — within just 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) in late November of next year. As a result, current projections suggest it could get very bright. How bright? Various estimates have set the brightest magnitude at -10 to -16. That suggests the comet could become brighter than the full moon — which led Astronomy Magazine's Michael E. Bakich to say it "probably will become the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen."
the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen
Originally posted by happykat39
remains to be seen. The last "super comet" turned out to be a dud as it melted away on it's approach to the sun. But if it lives up to it's PR it will upstage Shoemaker Levy 9 that hit Jupiter a few years ago.