c/2012 S1 ISON – Approach To Mars


Comet ISON is racing towards the inner solar system. This is the comet astronomers had said back in 2012 it would become “brighter than the moon”.  October 1, 2013 is when ISON begins its close approach to Mars and from there to Earth on its first approach to our planet.

We will see how the tail of the comet behaves if ISON survives its approach to SOL around November 27, 2013.

For now, Mars and ISON appear towards the East early morning, that is, provided you have enough zooming power to get a glance of it.

The following Celestia animation shows ISON’s approach to Mars. We are looking at both bodies at a distance of  ~.40 AU.

Celestia Animation by J.J. Del Mar

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