Astronomy Now -With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometres from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will dazzle the eye at up to magnitude —16. That’s far brighter than the full Moon. If predictions hold true then C/2012 S1 will certainly be one of the greatest comets in human history, far outshining the memorable Comet Hale-Bopp of 1997 and very likely to outdo the long-awaited Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) which is set to stun in March 2013.
Skirting our star means that, to viewers on Earth, the comet will appear close to the horizon and to the sun’s glare, making it difficult to see at first. ISON will fade but become easier to spot as it heads back towards the outer solar system. By 9 December it should be about as bright as Polaris, the North Star, according to Remanzacco Observatory astronomers. ISON should continue to be visible to the unaided eye until mid-January 2014.
Wow; that’s one hell of a bright comet! But wait a minute: if history is any indication, the appearance of comets foretell of great changes to come. As the above picture from the Bayeux Tapestry depicts (chronicling the invasion of England by William the Conqueror) a comet also similarly appeared (Haley’s comet, no less) just prior to the great invasion taking place.
That said, who’s to say what such events suggest? After all, the Normans (the winners of the conflict) didn’t complain after the invasion of England – and after all, in today’s world, as the Mayan’s, Persians, and other great civilizations believed, change is a given and a part of existence. It’s merely a matter of how great and to what extent any change brings to our lives.
But just try telling that to the Mayans, the Persians and the other great civilizations that are no longer here.
For more on this: http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/10/comet-in-late-2013-could-become.html