A comet is coming in 2013 expected to flyover near earth and could be brighter than a full moon, UPI.com reports Dec. 31. Comet Ison consists of a chunk of ice and rock headed towards the sun from the territory of Jupiter. It's predicted to put on quite a light show for those on planet earth next year.
When is Ison believed to fly over earth? According to the report, December 2013 is when the comet should put on the big show. By the end of summer the comet will be visible through small telescopes and binoculars and pass Mars by early October. The tail will begin forming as it approaches the sun and thermal heating will cause it to release puffs of gas.
Astronomer David Whitehouse says this will be the brightest comet seen in many generations.
"Comet Ison could draw millions out into the dark to witness what could be the brightest comet seen in many generations--brighter than even the full moon," he said.
In September Russian astronomers discovered the blur on Gemini and Cancer constellations. NASA confirmed the comet coming 2013 after looking through a series of images.