New Comet ISON Could Outshine the Moon in 2013
The comet was discovered by two amateur astronomers in September.
In 2012, Golden Valley residents had their share of opportunities to see meteor showers.
And now, this year, local stargazers might get to see a spectacular Hunter's Comet — the newly discovered comet ISON.
A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky from October 2013 through January 2014.
And the comet may move into view without the help of a telescope.
It all depends on whether the sun's heat vaporizes ice in the comet's body, scientists say in an article posted in the Huffington Post.
Comet ISON will fly within 1.2 million miles from the sun's center on Nov. 28, 2013, astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the San Jose Mercury News.
If the comet makes it through the sun's heat, ISON could outshine the moon.
Last September two amateur astronomers from Russia discovered the comet.
The Huffington Post says Comet ISON's path resembles that of a 1680 comet. And that comet's tail was reportedly visible during the daytime.
If you can brace the cold, in Golden Valley, Theodore Wirth Park offers some dark spots to sit and gaze at the sky, though the park closes at 10 p.m. Schaper Park doesn't close until 10:30 and has some scenic walkways and trails that could make it easy to spot the shooting stars.