Comet ISON is just crossing Earth’s orbit

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Comet ISON is just crossing Earth’s orbit.

Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) on Friday November 1st 2013 at 12:00 UTC. Right Ascension: 11h 14m 57s Declination: +06° 01’ 34” (J2000). Distance from the Sun: 147.31 million kms; Distance from Earth: 181.94 million kms. Magnitude: 8.37 Constellation: Leo.

This image is a 5 minutes luminance exposure taken with the 430mm f/6.8 astrograph of the iTelescope facility in New Mexico. Apparently the ststem had few guiding issues, that caused some defects visible in the brigh stars.

The current distance from the Sun is 147 million kilometers, so ISON is just crossing Earth’s orbit, which has an average distance of 149 million kilometers.

Comet ISON Tracker: http://theskylive.com/ison-tracker