Comet of the Century Passing By

The ‘Comet of the Century’ is passing us by this week, returning after Thanksgiving if it survives its journey around the sun.


Chief Astronomer with the Challenger Learning Center James Klep said the comet ISON is getting closer to the sun every day, making it harder to see. The best time to catch a glimpse of this rare comet is 7:30-8:30am.


Klep: “Have a good pair of binoculars, try to be far away from the city as best as you can, kind of a dark area. So for those that are in Kenai, might want to go some place between Kenai and Soldotna, although try to see the horizon, I think there is probably actually pretty impossible.”


This is one of the brightest comets to pass through our solar system in the last 50 years. If it survives its passage around the sun, which will peak about November 28, it will be higher in the sky and – perhaps – bright enough to see during the day.


For a tutorial on how to find the comet ISON, click here.

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