- First seen in 2012, this amazing comet will likely break into the Sun's atmosphere on 28th November (next Thursday) 2013
- If it doesn't break up, it may become one of the brightest comets in recorded history, with light as intense as the moon's
- It will remain visible to the naked eye until mid-January and come closest to Earth around Christmas
- A comet has been discovered which will make a very, very close fly-by of the Sun this November.
When it does that, it MIGHT* become a very bright, possibly spectacularly bright, naked eye comet in our sky. Perhaps the brightest for centuries.
* But we don’t know yet what will happen. Comets are very unreliable and unpredictable, and this comet might yet fizzle out and be a let-down. We’ll have to wait and see.
- Comets are notoriously unreliable, and love nothing better than getting astronomers on Earth all fired up with the promise of a dazzling nocturnal display before fizzling out and being so faint they need binoculars to see them. Hardly surprising, seeing as comets are essentially great big chunks of dirty ice, and we only see them because they’re melting and falling to pieces as they race around the Sun. You can’t predict how that will work out now, can you?