Comet ISON to be one of the brightest to pass Earth

Comet ISON to be one of the brightest to pass Earth

Credit: OMSI

Comet ISON to be one of the brightest to pass Earth

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by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The above photo was taken April 10, from NASA's Hubble telescope.  Astronomers believe Comet ISON will be one of the brightest comets ever seen when it zips through the inner solar system this fall. 

Hubble captured the photo when Comet ISON was slightly closer than Jupiter, roughly 386 million miles from the sun and 394 million miles from Earth. 

Scientist believe the Comet may shine as brightly as the full moon when it makes its closest pass by the sun in late November. 

The comet's dusty head, or coma, is about 3,100 miles wide and its tail is more than 57,000 miles long, according to astronomers. 

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

Credit:  Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education

             Read more at:  www.space.com/20787-comet-ison-hubble-photos.html

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