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Release No.: 2013-26
For Release: Monday, November 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

MicroObservatory Catches Comet ISON

Comet ISON

This animated gif combines two photos of Comet ISON taken about a half hour apart on the morning of November 9th. At the time, ISON was traveling through the solar system at a speed of about 120,000 miles per hour. ISON will make a close approach to the Sun on November 28th, and might become spectacularly bright in the days immediately following perihelion.

B. Mellin/MicroObservatory


This photograph shows two of the five automated telescopes that form the MicroObservatory network. MicroObservatory lets students and teachers control a telescope from their own computer to take images of the night sky.

Daniel Brocious