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The Geminid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but Friday night will probably be our only night to enjoy the show. Clouds are expected to move in early Saturday morning.
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), age 4.5 billion, of the Oort Cloud, disintegrated in the Sun's corona on November 28. ISON was born not long (relatively speaking) after our solar system began forming spending most of its life beyond the orbit of Pluto among other icy planetesimals and comets.
On September 21, 2012, ISON made itself known when astronomers Vitali Nevski of Belarus and Artyom Novichonok of Russia discovered it via the telescopes of the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON). As the orbit was calculated it became clear that ISON was heading for the sun. Excitement grew and ISON soon wore the label "comet of the century" While it did not live up to lofty predictions of broad daylight visibility, it captured the attention of astronomers and the public like no other comet has since Halley's in 1986 or Comet Kohoutek in 1973 (2 other comets "of the century".)
Predicting where a comet will travel is relatively easy, predicting what it will do during those travels...
Once you've had your fill of parades, turkey, and football, bundle up the family for some sky watching. Clouds which have dominated our weather this week will move out leaving clear skies behind for Thanksgiving Day.
Both the Comet ISON and the International Space Station should be visible in the pre-dawn sky over the Triangle Monday morning.
ISON is currently visible in the constellation Virgo. The best time to see it is early on a clear morning.
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