Comet ISON Follow-up Meeting - Dec 6, 2013

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab is hosting a one-day meeting to review the perihelion passage of Comet ISON. The goals of this relatively informal meeting would be to discuss:

  1. the current state of the comet's nucleus and activity level,
  2. what we have learned about the comet since the summer, and
  3. what post-perihelion observations would be feasible and fruitful.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST on December 6, 2013.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please send an email to the CIOC Chair, Carey Lisse, at; please include your planned method of attendance and any science topics you would like to present as well.

Public Broadcast

The morning sessions will be publicly streamed over the web and we invite everyone to tune in to hear our discussion of the comet's exciting perihelion passage through the eyes of the solar observing spacecraft, as well as a session about the synergy between amateur and professional astronomers benefited the observing campaign.

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The meeting will be held in Room 100 of Building 200 on APL's South Campus. APL is located on Johns Hopkins Road, approximately 1/2 mile west of U.S. Route 29. To get to Building 200 (11101 Johns Hopkins Road), turn left off of Johns Hopkins Road, immediately after Pond Road on the right.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Bldg 200
11101 Johns Hopkins Road, Rm 100
Laurel, MD 20723

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Draft Schedule

Version Dec 2

Breakfast8:00 to 8:30.
Session 1 Introduction, Welcome, Thanks. (Moderator: M. Knight.)
8:30 - 9:00C. Lisse, K. Fast, & L. Johnson. The State of Comet ISON and the Observing Campaign.
Session 2 Sun-Comet Interaction. (Moderator: M. Knight.)
9:00 - 9:10K. Battams. STEREO and SOHO Observations of Comet ISON.
9:10 - 9:20D. Pesnell. SDO Observations of Comet ISON.
9:20 - 9:30G. Jones. Comet ISON's Ion Tail and Perihelion Dust Modeling.
9:30 - 10:10discussion.
Break 1 10:10 to 10:30.
Session 3 Pro-Am Work. (Moderator: M. DiSanti.)
10:30 - 10:40E. Warner. Amateur Monitoring of Comet ISON.
10:40 - 10:50P. Yanamandra-Fisher. The Facebook Connection: Afrho, Outbursts, and Tails.
10:50 - 11:00K. Battams. The CIOC Webpages.
11:00 - 11:30discussion.
Lunch 11:30 to 1:00.
Session 4 Dust. (Moderator: C. Lisse.)
1:00 - 1:10D. Hines. HST Polarization Observations of Comet ISON.
1:10 - 1:20M. Kelley. SOFIA Observations of Comet ISON.
1:20 - 1:30M. Sitko. IRTF/SPeX and BASS Pre-Perihelion Observations of Comet ISON's Dust.
1:30 - 1:40P. Yanamandra-Fisher. Subaru Observations of Comet ISON.
1:40 - 2:10discussion.
Session 5 Nucleus, Spin, Active Areas. (Moderator: M. DiSanti.)
2:10 - 2:20A. Delamere. Detecting the ISON Nucleus with the MRO/HiRISE Camera.
2:20 - 2:30H. Weaver. HST Observations of Comet ISON, Part I.
2:30 - 2:40M. Knight. Optical Ground-Based Observations of Comet ISON.
2:40 - 3:10discussion.
Break 2 3:10 to 3:30.
Session 6 Gas. (Moderators: P. Yanamandra-Fisher and M. Kelley.)
3:30 - 3:40C. Lisse. Chandra and Spitzer Observations of Comet ISON.
3:40 - 3:50R. Vervack. MESSENGER Observations of Comet ISON.
3:50 - 4:00H. Weaver. HST Observations of Comet ISON, Part II.
4:00 - 4:10S. Milam. Summary of Radio observations: GBT, JCMT, and APEX.
4:10 - 4:20M. Cordiner. ALMA observations of comet ISON.
4:20 - 4:35M. DiSanti, B. Bonev, and N. Dello Russo. Pre-perihelion Infrared Spectroscopy from IRTF of Comet ISON's Gas Production.
4:35 - 4:50N. Dello Russo and M. Mumma. Pre-perihelion Infrared Spectroscopy from Keck of Comet ISON's Gas Production.
4:50 - 5:00A. McKay. Visible-wavelength Spectroscopy of Comet ISON.
5:00 - 5:30discussion.
Session 7 Telluric Fermented Liquid Organics.
5:30 - ????discussion.