Scientists: Comet Brighter Than The Moon To Appear Next Year

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File photo of a comet. (Photo by GEORGE SHELTON/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a comet. (Photo by GEORGE SHELTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Some parts of the world may have a spectacular lights show to look forward to next year, when the Comet ISON passes through the sky.

The comet could shine brighter than any other comet seen in the past century – and may even appear to be brighter than the moon, according to the Times of India.

“How a comet will behave is generally unpredictable,” Arvind Paranjpye, director of Mumbai-based Nehru Centre, was quoted as saying. “However, with its present positioning, it seems that [Comet ISON] will be as bright as the moon and visible towards the end of 2013 above the western horizon.”

Comet ISON was reportedly discovered by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, two Russian astronomers who used the International Scientific Optical Network telescope during their find.

But people won’t need high-power technology to see Comet ISON when it passes by, especially in India.

“The comet is said to shine 15 times brighter than the moon and [will] potentially [be] visible in broad daylight.” Paranjpye told the Times. “[It] will … giv[e] people a chance to witness one of the most spectacular events.”

After Comet ISON passes by Earth, it may be headed for an even brighter finale. Scientists reportedly anticipate the comet crashing into the sun, based on its current trajectory.

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