RUSSIA — Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok of Roscosmos discovered Comet ISON last September. Named after their International Scientific Optical Network, which is essentially a night sky survey program aimed toward Jupiter it appears as just a faint spec in the sky at this point.
“Comet ISON is a sungrazer… The orbit of the comet will bring it very close to the sun, which we know can be a spectacular thing.”, said Karl Battams from the Naval Research Laboratory.
As ISON makes its way closer to the sun later this year it will be visible to the naked eye possibly even in the daylight.
It was mentioned by a caller named robert on The Power Hour radio show hosted by Joyce Riley Tuesday that ISON could potentially strike up an electrical charge with the sun as the sun is already reacting to the Comet physically.
The caller also noted, “An event is coming.”
The publication RedOrbit.com reports;
Comet ISON will travel through the sun’s atmosphere on November 28, passing just over one million kilometers from the stellar surface. It may not survive, but if it does, it could appear as bright as the Moon in our night sky. It could even be visibly near the sun, in broad daylight, for a short amount of time – leading some reporters to dub ISON the “Comet of the Century,” according to the agency.
However, the moniker may be premature, NASA officials argue.
“I’m old enough to remember the last ‘Comet of the Century’. It fizzled. Comets are notoriously unpredictable,” said Don Yeomans of NASA Near-Earth Object Program. Yeomans is referring to the 1973 comet known as Kohoutek, which failed to live up to expectations similar to those now attached to ISON, and even wound up becoming a punch line for late night comedians such as Johnny Carson, according to NASA.
“Comet ISON has the potential to live up to the hype, but it also has the potential to do nothing,” added Battams.