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Comet ISON bright as full moon?

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Get your cameras ready.... October, November, December 2013.
The latest information issued by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests that this comet could get as bright as magnitude -11.6 on the astronomers' brightness scale; that's as bright as nearly full moon! That would also be bright enough for Comet ISON to be visible during the daytime.
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What mountain do you plan to put in the shot? If it stays in the sky for as long as historical mega comet have, we may be able to get a lot of view time out of this one. I hope it does indeed prove to be a bright as they are saying it could.

I have a year to buy a good camera!
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I think I'll wait til it gets a bit closer to start planning; 'new' comets are notoriously fickle when it comes to how they will perform. Crossing fingers!
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I'm going to second that, many comets often fail expectations. This could also exceed expectations. I also heard that its peak brightness is going to occur in the southern hemisphere and then work its way up to the north by mid to end of december. I certainly hope we get to see it in the north for the entire duration of the period. I can be wrong and I hope I am.
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Yeah, I know it's iffy, hence the question mark in the title.... and use of words: could, if, would, hope, may.... Yeah, keep fingers crossed! :) My job requires me to sign up for leave for the year of 2013 in November of 2012, so...... If this fizzles, I guess I'll spend a week hiking canyons in Southern Utah instead. Oh darn.
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Well, It's almost time. 8)
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MUni Rider wrote:Well, It's almost time. 8)
Yep, and we still, don't know much, except that it isn't likely to cast any shadows or be visible in daylight. Perhaps as bright as Venus? Time will tell.
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