A new comet has been discovered that is predicted to blaze incredibly brilliantly in the skies during late 2013. 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.

Fuck the hell yes.

The new comet, named C/2012 S1 (ISON) was found by the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) in Russia on 21 September…

It had better not be going around offending religious feelings then!  Although, it would be kind of cool to have it around for three years.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://www.atlantapolyamory.org/ Jeremy

    It’s so hard to predict how brightly comets are going to shine, but with it passing that close, it’s hard to image that it’s not going to be spectacular show. Can’t wait! :D

  • invivoMark

    I like space.com’s article better (because there are more pictures): http://www.space.com/17762-newfound-comet-dazzling-2013-display-c2012s1.html

    Really cool! Let’s hope it’s a good show. And good job, Russians!

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com The Schwa

    new comet? Dibs!

  • CoboWowbo

    As if anyone is going to be around to see it after Dec 21st… :p

    • Baal

      I keep hoping for the apocalypse. The xtians will finally be able to say, “I told you so.”

      • Stogoe

        Well, sure they’d SAY it, but it wouldn’t be true. It would be the Mayans* who were right.

        *Technically it would be the vacuous newage morons who misinterpreted a simple calendar from a pre-hispanic civilization who were right. If they were right. Which they aren’t.

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~trolleyfan David Johnson

    *Could* be brighter than the full Moon. *Could*. That’s a very important qualification.

    But then, I’m old enough to remember Comet Kohoutek…