Comet ISON is seen in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) on November 8th. At the time of this picture, Comet ISON was 97 million miles (156 million km) from Earth, and heading toward a close encounter with the sun on November 28th. (Reuters/Aaron Kingery/NASA/MSFC)
Some believe Comet ISON will be so dazzling, it could be the comet of the century -- others say they've heard these promises broken before.
For stargazers everywhere, Comet ISON is already a celestial delight... a comet bright enough to be seen by the naked eye. Over the next few weeks, some astronomers say Comet ISON could light up the sky... dazzling skywatchers with its magnificent tail.
• Once in a lifetime galactic fireworks display due from Comet Ison -- The Telegraph
But predictions of gloriously bright comets in the recent past -- turned out to be cosmic duds. Some believe ISON isn't even big enough to survive its coming brush with the sun.
Yan Fernandez is an astronomer at the University of Central Florida and a member of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign --- a group helping professional and amateur astronomers observe the comet's every move.
Anyone who's read Game of Thrones knows the importance of the Red Comet. It's the harbinger of both good and bad times. Comets hold a special place in folklore. Since ancient times humans have been fascinated and troubled when those mysterious fireballs glide across the sky.
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Last Word - Predictions on the fate of Comet ISON
We've been talking today about the unsettling effects comets have historically had on humans. But even the most casual surfing on the internet shows Comet ISON deeply disturbs some modern humans as well.
Many astronomers believe ISON may meet its end with a close brush with the sun. Many less scientifically minded believe ISON heralds much bigger end times.
We've assembled a few predictions, and if by some chance we survive into the New Year, well, prophecies are like comets; there's always another one coming.