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Where Is Comet ISON In The Sky?

22 Jul 2013, 13:08 UTC
Where Is Comet ISON In The Sky?
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By now interest in Comet C/2012 S1 (Comet ISON) is building. This could be the most dramatic comet in years. Where should we look for this oncoming interloper from deep space? Here is a monthly guide aimed at observers in the UK and Ireland to help you find it.
On 30 April 2013, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed Comet ISON. This beautiful composite image was created from the images made by the HST. (Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

To find the comet on any given day and date, I really recommend the free software Stellarium (available from our Free Stuff page). You will need to use the update database feature to add ISON, but this is very straightforward.
In early August, the comet will be in the constellation Gemini . It will be low in the bright pre-sunrise eastern sky, you will still need a telescope to see it. On 2 August about 5am, we will be treated to a celestial line-up of Comet ISON, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Moon. From the middle of August ISON will be in Cancer and by the end of August it may be easily visible for observers ...

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