Comet ISON visible from Nov 17-23
The Comet ISON, said to be a very bright comet with a dazzling show, will have its closest point to the Sun (perihelion) on November 28. It will visible in Sri Lankan from November 17 to 23. A release said the public should look at the area of the sky close to the eastern horizon before the Sun rise around 5.00 a.m. to see the comet.
"For the best view, you need a very clear sky with no clouds or light pollution and should go to a hill top with no obstruction towards the eastern horizon. On November 17, the comet will be about 25 degrees above the eastern horizon at 5.00 a.m. While increasing the brightness, it will gradually come down daily with 21 degrees on November 19 and 11 degrees on November 23 at 5.00 a.m. above the eastern horizon," the release added.
"You will see the comet with the tail stretching away from the direction of the Sun. A pair of binoculars would give a much better view." Details are available at the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies(ACCIMT) web site www.accimt.ac.lk.