Comet ISON – Find It With An App
Ellisha Rader Mannering
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The super comet ISON is burning brighter as it gets closer to earth and if you want to see it before it passes and is gone for good, the time is now. ISON is now visible with the naked eye and is scheduled to come its closest to the sun on Thanksgiving.
The comet was first spotted last year by two Russian amateur astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. As the comet passes the sun, if it survives, it could offer a beautiful light show in the sky in the weeks following Thanksgiving.
Many telescope owners have been watching comet ISON for the last few weeks. Now that it is visible to the naked eye, more and more sky watchers are interested in seeing it. The key to spotting the comet is knowing where to look and this, can sometimes be easier said than done.
To help sky watchers find the comet in the sky, a new app called CometWatch is now available for iPhone and iPad. The new app will help point users in the direction of Comet ISON so they have a better chance of seeing it. Comets have been known to have somewhat unpredictable paths. Once the app has located the comet, users can find it in the sky with the naked eye or a telescope.
The app was developed by a company called called Distant Suns and released with Astronomy magazine. Download the app on iTunes and grab a telescope and a camera and see if you can capture an amazing image of comet ISON.
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