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Gujarat Science City gears up to welcome comet ISON

 Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

Come November 28. Our Moon will be fading away heading towards Amavasya the new moon day. But the sky will be brightly lit by another moon, ISON. It is a comet that was discovered only last year.

ISON comet is exciting as it may get very bright as it approaches the Sun. The date of closest approach of Comet ISON (known as a sun grazing comet) to the Sun (perihelion) is the 28 November 2013 when it will come within 1.2 million km of our Sun’s surface (over 100 times closer to the Sun than Earth!).

Dr. Narottam Sahoo of Gujarat Science City says that a one day orientation programme was organized at Science City to sensitize the science communicators and educators and to discuss the activity plan for different groups about the comet. 

The campaign is going to start with the first orientation programmes for 100 science teachers, coordinators from all 33 districts of the state who will further work as resource persons for district level programmes.

He said that the Science City and GUJCOST will organize worshops for students and communicators in coming days so that the educative potential of the event can be fully exploited.

ISON was discovered in September of 2012 and has been named as ISON in the name of the organization International Scientific Optical Network (ISON). It is now on the way to Sun and passing closely to Earth. The comet has been discovered by Belorussian and Russian astronomers, starts out the month by making a relatively close flyby of the planet Mars. The nucleus of comet ISON is believed to be 5 km across. There are various possibilities about how bright the comet may become. 

Because of ISON’s size and brightness at a great distance from the sun, it’s given sky-watchers plenty to be excited about and is going to be recognized as the "comet of the century". The following link will give you a virtual look of the ISON:

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