As we head towards the end of the month comets dominate the pre-dawn skies and their flybys of neighboring planets offer observing challenges for early bird sky-gazers.
Also the moon plays with the stars and offers some amazing opportunities to track down constellations. Skywatchers should also be aware that comet ISON is waking up with lots of activity.
Comet ISON has increased in brightness tenfold in less than a week, thanks mainly to ice vaporizing off its surface and producing a super-long tail that stretches some 8 million kilometers into space. Look for it in the pre-dawn skies low in the east. But you have to hurry since it is heading for a close encounter with the Sun on November 28.
If you miss it now, don’t fret, because if predictions hold true, the best skyshow will be in December as ISON heads back to the outer solar system from where it came.
Get all your observing details for ISON and other sky events this week at my weekly skywatching column at National Geographic News.
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