comet ISON

Comet ISON on November 16, 2013
Waldemar Skorupa (Kahler Asten, Germany), via spaceweather.com

This week, the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society was forced to cancel its watch party for Comet ISON. After the comet’s trip around the sun, it’s a lot less bright and barely visible.

Comet PanSTARRS as viewed from Austrailia at the beginning of March.
AP Images

The Comet PanSTARRS has been within view for about a week now, but the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society has been waiting for a weekend to plan their public watch party. K.A.S. President Richard Bell says a comet is basically a piece of ice and rock leftover from when the planets were formed.