The Backyard Astronomer: Terrorizing comet of 1680 returning?

Neal Galt, High Knoll Observatory

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The astronomy world is all abuzz about the prospect of a newly discovered comet heading our way, that may be the brightest one to be seen during the past few hundred years. Most information available about comet C/2012S1 or (ISON) is speculative and subject to change or correction between now and the anticipated arrival date of November 2013. Here’s what we know so far:

1. Comet C/2012S1 or ISON was discovered jointly by astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok last week when it was beyond the orbit of Jupiter and still required a large telescope to even detect it. The name, ISON, refers to the International Scientific Optical Network where the two discovery astronomers are employed.

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showmemike on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 4:58pm

COMET ISON may be the return of the STAR OF BETHLEHEM the orbit of COMET ISON
brings it back very 333 years, so it can be established that the comet was
here in 15 a.d. considering that an exact year has never been established for
the birth of christ, is it more than coincidence that there was a census in
14 a.d. called by Caesar Augustus? you heard it here first !

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