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Showtime for Comet ISON

November 27, 2013 02:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I’ve just returned from three weeks in Chile leading a group of 87 astronomy enthusiasts, searching for the comet. We did finally see it, starting November 6, but it was a dim, tailless eight-magnitude smudge, at least six times dimmer than initial predictions. Special photographic techniques showed a long thin tail, but no tail appeared through our telescopes to the eye alone.
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