Track Comet ISON's Dramatic Buildup
Comet ISON image courtesy Damian Peach

Comet ISON has suddenly burst in magnitude as it speeds towards its close flyby of our Sun. What will happen next? Find out yourself with a few tips below!

The famed comet is now a naked eye object in dark skies, and a handy binocular object for those trying to spot the comet  who are surrounded by light pollution. Try to spot it around the star Spica, in the low East around an hour before dawn. The illustration below shows the path of the newly bright Comet ISON from November 13, 2013-November 21, 2013. Catch it quick! Comet ISON is rapidly speeding towards our Sun.

Can you see it moving against the stars as you spy it above the eastern horizon? Keep your eyes peeled! 

Path of Comet ISON for mid November

 
Join our vibrant stargazing community!
 
We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for sky charts, beautiful images, and lively conversation. 
 
 
 
Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the main navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK.
 

 
 

 

SkySafari, a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the help menu. SkySafari is available for Android and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.


Clear skies and happy stargazing!
 

The NASA Night Sky Network is managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in cooperation with NASA