‘Brighter than a full moon’: The biggest star of 2013… could be Ison – the comet of the century

A recently discovered comet that is rapidly approaching the Sun could outshine the Moon in 2013, researchers think.

A comet discovered by two Russian astronomers will be visible from Earth next year. If it survive, this moment can be ‘once-in-a lifetime light show’ . The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON.

Comet ISON will pass 1.2 million miles from the center of the sun on November 28, 2013 according to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The comet may even be visible in daylight, as the Great Comet of 1680 was. At this time Comet ISON’s path is similar to a comet that passed by Earth in 1680, It’s expected to be visible towards the end of the year, roughly from October until the following January.

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 The comet will grow increasingly bright as it passes by the sun and the ice in its body vaporizes, create a brightly lit comet tail. The object will be glow so bright that it will not require telescopes or binoculars to view. The Comet will be visible from October 2013 through January 2014.