July 2013

Request for Observation Information from Professionals

We (the Comet ISON Observing Campaign Committee) are collecting observation information to better facilitate scientific collaborations among comet astronomers.

Miscellaneous updates

I'm busy with several things right now so don't have time for a long blog post, but just wanted to give a brief update on what's going on with the CIOC right now.

How unique is Comet ISON?

A journalist asked me recently “When is the last time there was a dynamically new Oort Cloud comet that was also a sungrazer? In other words, how long has it been since the last Comet ISON?” It is an interesting question that other people will likely ask, so I thought it was worth discussing here.

An Ode to ISON, and the Ghosts of Comets Past

There are several Comet ISON blogs I've seen written by amateur and professional astronomers, and I'll probably end up mentioning several of them at some point or another. But first on the list is Stuart Atkinson's Waiting for ISON blog, which I've been following for a couple of months now. It's full of well-written content that I encourage you to peruse at your leisure, but for now I'm just going to share one thing from his blog that's a little... different... for an astronomy/science website: poetry!