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Comet ISON the subject of Observatory program

November 14, 2013 1:45PM

Will Comet ISON be the show of the century or a big disappointment? Josh Cochran at the Pittsburg State University-Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory will talk about the comet’s swing around the Sun and what or what not to expect if it survives that perilous journey at a free public program at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the observatory.

While Cochran may hope for a great show from the comet, he has been wary of the hype.

“In astronomy, we say comets are like cats,” Cochran said. “They have tails and they do what they want.”

Cochran said astronomers should know by Thanksgiving weekend whether ISON has survived its brush with the Sun. If it does, December will be the best month to see the comet and the best time will probably be after the moon has set, before sunrise.

The PSU-Greenbush Observatory has been in operation since 1996. It is located 8 miles west of Girard of K-47.

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