The 'Comet of the Century' ... and other night-sky highlights for 2013


8 Responses to “The 'Comet of the Century' ... and other night-sky highlights for 2013”

  1. Jim Saul says:

    On February 15th, “2012 DA14″ will pass less than 20,000 miles from the surface of the earth.

    At 57 meters wide, it’s not expected to be visible to the naked eye, but I wonder if a small backyard scope could catch it. I can’t seem to find an apparent magnitude estimate.

  2. joe blough says:

    i was able to catch 2005YU55 with a 200mm lens, but i don’t remember the magnitude.

    there’s a good comet page here:

    besides ISON, C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) is supposed to be a good comet this spring.

  3. “(Just don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s a doomsday comet.)”   
    Doomsday comets have a long history.   It just wouldn’t be a real event without at least a few people freaking out about the end of the world.

  4. Circulator38 says:

    Comet C/2012 S1 Facebook Page –

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