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“Comet of the century” on its way & possibly bringing a meteor shower

Image of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter's orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the Sun (394 million miles from Earth). (NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li) Image via Fox News.

Image of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the Sun (394 million miles from Earth). (NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li)
Image via Fox News.

The Hubble Telescope operators say it has taken photos of an approaching comet, according to a new report from Fox News.

Named Comet Ison, Hubble scientists have called it the “comet of the century” because it could be brighter than a full moon when it comes closest to the sun in late November. The pictures taken earlier this month show the comet slightly inside of Jupiter’s orbit.

Space.com reports that scientists say the comet could also bring a meteor shower, created from the dust trailing off its tail.

“As the comet heats up, a lot of the ices on the comet are going to start boiling off and that’s what forms the big beautiful tail of gas and dust that should be quite visible to us in the month of December,”  Max Mutschler, a research and instrument scientist told CBS.

Keep an eye out!

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