The potentially dazzling Comet ISON has brightened enough on its highly anticipated
approach toward the sun that it's now visible through a decent pair of binoculars.
Skywatchers around the world have recently used binoculars to spot Comet ISON,
which is streaking toward a close encounter with the sun on Nov. 28 that will
bring the icy wanderer within just 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of
the solar surface.
"I have made my first confirmed binocular sighting of C/2012 S1 ISON as well,"
Pete Lawrence, of the town of Selsey in the United Kingdown, told the website
Spaceweather.com on Saturday (Nov. 9). "ISON's head appears small and stellar
through a pair of 15x70s optics." [See amazing photos of Comet ISON by stargazers]
Comet ISON is cruising through the constellation Virgo at the moment and is visible in
binoculars low in the predawn eastern sky, Spaceweather.com reports. The comet is
currently as bright as an 8th magnitude star — too dim to be seen with the naked eye
but easy to spot with binoculars or a small telescope
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