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Brilliantly bright comet to appear November next year

Brilliantly bright comet to appear November next year

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

Coming within a distance of 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.

Following its peak brightness in late November it will remain visible without optical aid until mid-January 2014.

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