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Astronomy's Special Issue: The Great Comet of 2013


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Astronomy Special Issue:

The Great Comet of 2013


Waukesha, WI (October 29, 2013) — As amateur and professional astronomers alike ask whether ISON will be the comet of the century, Astronomy has teamed up with sister publication Discover for the definitive guide to get the most out of ISON’s historic visit. Filled with brilliant images, expert commentary and helpful viewing guides, the special issue offers the complete scoop on the comet for late 2013 and early 2014. Stories include:


Description: C:\Users\Jacob\Desktop\Discover ISSUE - Great-Comet-of-2013_Page_01.jpgCover Story: Will ISON be the comet of the century?

Page 6, by Richard Talcott
Astronomers and scientists anticipate a great show from this first-time visitor to our inner solar system. But questions remain: Will it be the most beautiful comet of the year? Or of the century? And just how bright will it get? Astronomy Senior Editor Richard Talcott reports on what the experts are predicting—and what it all means for observers looking for advice on how to best view the comet.

What gear should you choose for viewing ISON?
Page 28, by Phil Harrington

To enjoy comets—even bright ones like ISON—to their fullest, you’ll need the right equipment. The good news is that there is something for every budget, no matter how much or how little you’re willing to spend.


How to observe comets
Page 40, by Michael E. Bakich
Nothing thrills sky observers like a new comet, especially if it’s bright. Astronomy Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich has tips for you so you can be ready to view ISON and know what to look for upon its arrival.

Catch ISON with your camera
Page 36, by Damian Peach

ISON promises to be a dramatic sight—it could easily become the most photographed comet ever. Highly acclaimed solar system imager Damian Peach shows you how easy it is to capture a bright comet with a camera.

Great comets in history

Page 22, by Richard Talcott
Nearly seven years ago, Comet McNaught reminded us how spectacular a comet can be. In 1986, there was Halley. In 1957, it was Arend-Roland. And, throughout history, there have been many more. Filled with photos and insights, this piece takes a close look at great comets of the past and inspires us for the future. 

Day-to-day guide for observing ISON at its best

Page 50, by Michael E. Bakich and Richard Talcott

November sees ISON at its brightest as it passes the Sun. In December, the comet remains visible to the naked eye. ISON then bids a fond farewell in January, as it remains viewable in the Northern Hemisphere. This in-depth guide contains viewing tips, maps, and charts for skywatchers.


How comets shaped history

Page 16, by Richard Jakiel
Bright comets are one of nature’s grandest sights. In ancient skies, a comet’s sudden appearance provided both awe and portent—and savvy leaders took advantage. This article examines the public concern and interest comets have commanded throughout ancient and recent history.


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Astronomy offers you the most exciting, visually stunning, thorough, and timely coverage of the heavens above. Each monthly issue includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky-event coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative equipment reviews, and more. All of this comes in an easy-to-understand user-friendly style that's perfect for astronomers at any level. VisitAstronomy, the world’s best-selling astronomy magazine, onlineFacebook and Twitter.

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Take an exciting adventure with Discover magazine as it reports captivating developments in science, medicine, technology, and the world around us. Spectacular photography and refreshingly understandable stories on complex subjects connect everyday people with the greatest ideas and minds in science. Visit Discover onlineFacebook and Twitter. Discover magazine. Expand your mind.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013