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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 7:12pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — What scientists proclaimed as the ‘Comet of the Century’ has been burned out by the sun. Comet ISON was supposed to be a spectacular sight but is now star debris.
An El Paso astronomer says he wants Borderland residents to look up into the sky Saturday night to catch another comet. An amateur El Paso astronomer says Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, should be just as entertaining as Comet ISON would have been.
We spoke with Chris Grohosko who has been hunting comets for almost a decade.
Chris says, Comet ISON’s showdown with the sun Thanksgiving night resulted in an anti-climactic ending with the comet burning out quickly. He says while the debris may be visible with a telescope there are still other sky gazing opportunities.
We also spoke with the astronomer who discovered this particular comet. Terry Lovejoy, an Australian astronomer, says Comet Lovejoy returns every 10,000 years or so. So this is a prime opportunity to catch this comet up above us.
“Binocular visible, it's telescope visible, it's even naked eye visible. So having got the frustration, I would say the importance is having been let down by this supposed comet of the century we do have something else to waiting for us to still appreciate and enjoy. Although it might not be as spectacular, it's still an above average view,” Chris Grohosko explained. The amateur astronomer says Comet Lovejoy will be visible for weeks.
To get a hold of Chris: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ufopilot1