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New Comet ISON Could Make Skywatchers' Year in 2013

The comet was discovered by two amateur astronomers in September.

Forget the Hunter's Moon in 2013.

Local skywatchers might get to see a spectacular Hunter's Comet — the newly discovered comet ISON.

A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky from October 2013 through January 2014.

And the comet may hove into view without the help of a telescope.

It all depends on whether the sun's heat vaporizes ices in the comet's body, scientists say in an article posted in the Huffington Post.

Comet ISON will fly within 1.2 million miles from the sun's center on Nov. 28, 2013, astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, told the San Jose Mercury News.

If the comet makes it through the sun's heat the ISON could outshine the moon.

Last September two amateur astronomers from Russia discovered the comet.

The Huffington Post says Comet ISON's path resembles that of a 1680 comet. And that comet's tail was reportedly visible during the daytime.

2013 is set to become a two-comet year.

Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to hurl by Earth in March.

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GEORGE PATTON January 03, 2013 at 08:18 PM
2013 - YEAR OF THE COMET THE UNTOLD STORY On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM NOVEMBER 2013 COMET ISON: (1) CALLED BY ONE ASTRONOMER A "ONCE IN A CIVILIZATION" COMET, IT MAY ACTUALLY BE A ONCE IN 333 YEARS COMET; TWIN IN ORBIT TO THE GREAT COMET OF 1680 WHICH SO TERRIFIED EUROPEANS AND NEW ENGLANDERS THAT DAYS OF FASTING AND ATONEMENT WERE ORDERED IN NEW YORK CITY AND GERMANY! (2) GOTTFRIED KIRCH, AN ALMANAC AUTHOR, WHO WAS THE FIRST TO USE A TELESCOPE TO SEARCH FOR COMETS -" IT WAS 1ST SEEN 14 NOVEMBER AS A MORNING STAR BUT DID NOT BECOME SPECTACULAR UNTIL AFTER IT CIRCLED THE SUN (PERIHELION) 24 DECEMBER: EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS: [IT HAD] "TERRIBLE APPEARANCE, SEEMED AS THOUGH THE HEAVENS WERE BURNING AS IF THE VERY AIR WAS ON FIRE." -ENGLAND 16 DECEMBER "NOT FAR FROM THE HORIZON IT FILLED THE SKY -SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST". (3) UNDER THE NAME COMET NEGRA IN 1347 IT HERALDED THE BUBONIC PLAGUE OR BLACK DEATH OF 1347 -1352 WHEREIN 1/4 OF EUROPE (25 MILLION)- 15 MILLION IN CHINA. ONE EARLY ASTRONOMER NOTES -"BEGINNING 17 DECEMBER THERE BEGAN IN THE MORNING SKY A GREAT BAND OF FIRE - NORTH TO SOUTH" -EXACTLY AS IT APPEARED IN 1680. (4) FURTHER INTO ANTIQUITY, NO LESSER SOURCE THAN NAZI-HUNTER ELIE WIESEL PROVIDES EVIDENCE IN HIS NOVEL ABOUT A GREAT ANCESTOR -RASHI -ABOUT RABBI SHLOMO YITZCHAKI GREAT BIBLICAL AND TALMUDIC COMMENTATOR OF THE MIDDLE AGES: "APOCALYPTIC MOOD PREVAILED AROUND 1000AD FURTHER INFLAMED BY APPEARANCE OF A FIERY COMET IN 1014." EXACTLY 1347 -333 YEARS

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