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Comet C/2012 S1 ISON has come out from behind the sun, and around the world amateur and professional telescopes alike are focusing on it, trying to follow the evolution of this visitor from the frigid depths of space. But faster than the information comes from these scopes comes misinformation, misunderstanding and outright hoaxes.
For many of us this is Deja Vu. Virtually everything that is being said about ISON was said about comet C/2010 X1 Elenin.
But it is worth dispelling some of the misapprehension about ISON so people can enjoy the spectacle of the comet without fear.
This should be a stunning and absolutely spectacular show that our kids carry as memories for life. It would be a shame to see them fear it by some hoaxing and silly superstition. Perhaps some rock or snowball from deep space is what punches our ticket someday....but this won't be the day and this isn't the one.
Indeed... This is one to enjoy for the sight it'll be to all in the Northern Hemisphere.
You should say it "could" be a stunning and absolutely spectacular show.
There is no guarantee that Comet C/2012 S2 ISON will be an extremely bright comet at all. There are some revised observations that appears to show a dimmer comet than expected, and some astronomers are saying that "ISON" may actually end up being be quite dim.
I think Hale-Bopp was probably the only spectacular comet of our lifetimes if anyone remembers that one. It hung in the sky bright most of the spring/summer of '97.