Abrams Planetarium's
Comet ISON page.


During the run of our planetarium program, Comets & Discovery which will return after our holiday show Season of Light, we'll include a demonstration showing where to look for Halley's Comet at its next return in 2061. Even if you don't think you'll be around in 2061, come to the show and bring along children, grandchildren, other young folks who will be around to see Halley's Comet, or anyone else with whom you'd like to share the view!

ISON update Number 8 (Dec. 2, 2013) from Abrams Planetarium

You may have already gotten the news about the Thanksgiving Day demise of Comet ISON. To get the latest, read the blogs at http://www.isoncampaign.org/blog

Karl Battams' blogs, "In Memoriam," and "In ISON's Wake, a Trail of Questions," both available at that link, tell a very absorbing and touching story.

So, our detailed instructions for locating Comet ISON during December in our update Number 7 below will be of little use. But there still will be good reasons for getting up and out in the chilly predawn:

Instead of looking in vain for Comet ISON, try for another, Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy), putting on a good show for observers with binoculars before the start of morning twilight. In early December, Comet Lovejoy appears through binoculars as a 5th-mag. fuzzball passing from northern Bootes into Corona Borealis on December 4, where it will remain until Dec. 11. Locate Gemma, or Alphecca, the 2.2-mag. brightest star in the semicircle of stars of CrB, about one-third of the way from Arcturus in the east toward Vega low in the northeast. Lovejoy will pass north of the semicircle. On December 12-14, the final dates without moonlight as morning twilight begins, Comet Lovejoy is the same binocular field as 2.8-mag. Zeta in Hercules, the southwest corner of the Keystone. A finder chart for locating Comet Lovejoy is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47833278@N02/11120307954/

Comet Lovejoy Finder Chart

Lovejoy into December

And in early December, as morning twilight brightens, you can still see Mercury before it sinks into the Sun’s glare late in December’s second week. If you spot Mercury, you can see four planets with unaided eye, in order from east to west, Mercury, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter.

Here's a video showing ISON's demise as seen by the SOHO and STEREO spacecrafts:

Printable version of ISON Supplement #8 for November Sky Calendar


Why we include a preview of Halley's next apparition after
our comet show, Comets and Discovery
& Dare to dream of Halley's Comet in 2061


A look at Comet ISON in 2013 and Comet Halley in 2061:



WKAR Radio Story About ISON by Current State


Download this poster and use it to track the planets
as they move around the solar system.


Can you answer these 13 questions about the planets?


Click this link for the questions, instructions and activities for the orbit chart
.


Please send any questions, suggestions, or comments to 
Bob Victor: rvictormi@earthlink.net