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Comet ISON could be spectacle . . . or celestial dud

This graphic shows when and where to view Comet ISON. Note that the visibility of the comet is probably exaggerated.  Binoculars may be needed to see the comet or improve the view. Courtesy of SkyandTelescope.com.
Photographer: SkyAndTelescope.com
This graphic shows when and where to view Comet ISON. Note that the visibility of the comet is probably exaggerated. Binoculars may be needed to see the comet or improve the view. Courtesy of SkyandTelescope.com.
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A potentially bright comet is about to arrive in the innermost regions of the solar system. Astronomers found the comet more than a year ago while using a telescope operated by the International Scientific Optical Network, hence the comet has been named ISON. What was remarkable about Comet ISON when it was discovered was its brightness for its distance of 460 million miles from the sun. Since then, astronomers have wondered if it will be ...

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