Above image is of comet Lovejoy said to be visible with the naked eye, best with binoculars, up to 90 mins. before dawn in the East, to the left and a little below the star Arcturus. Image and more details on Sky and Telescope.
(see below – click to enlarge)
Jupiter is easily visible in the Evening, in the East this month and what is left of comet ISON should be visible before Sunrise in the east.
Below is a simulated view of comet ISON (click on images to enlarge)
There is a supernova Centauri 2013 visible in the Southern sky, not visible to us in the Northern latitudes. Below is a photo from Sky and Telescope.
NASA scientist initial assessment apparently was correct. Additional analysis by NASA scientist indicate that the comet broke up as it fly by the sun.
The image above shows part of the comet leaving the sun but comet ISON has lost a lot of its mass.
NASA scientist say that probably only dust remains, not the nucleus but further data is needed. It may not be till mid-December, when Skylab can point its cameras at comet ISON before we will know if part of the nucleus survived.
This means that viewing of the comet will not be as spectacular as hoped. It is not expected increase in brightness so it will be difficult to see and won’t have a tail seen when comets retain their nucleus. Hopefully some of the nucleus remains but things don’t look good for comet ISON.
NASA image above, taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatoy (SOHO), late Thursday night and analysis indicates that at least a part of comet ISON survived. The scientist think that the nucleus may have survived. (NASA.gov)
Above, simulation from NASA, shows where to find the comet about a half hour before sunrise, (6 AM ET), if it survived. Look toward the East, South-East sky.
Another good article with more detail is on Space.com
Below are simulated images to help find the comet using the free software Stellarium (click to enlarge).
Got up early this morning and finally was able to see Comet ISON ! Above is a raw image of the comet I took using a Celestron C8 telescope and a Canon EOS T1 set on automatic exposure.
The photo was taken looking Southeast, close to the horizon, near Mercury at around 6 AM. I also saw Saturn near Mercury.
It was difficult to focus, hence the ring like appearance but its just to give you a sample of what to look for. It actually appeared, using the telescope, as a bright dot, more blurry than a star.
I was clearly able to see Mercury and Saturn without any instruments but I could not see Comet ISON until I searched for it in the expected location, right of Mercury, lower toward the horizon, until I used my finder scope, which is at 8x’s magnification (8×50).
(Above image of mercury appears elongated due to camera movement and I was not using a clock drive.)
Keep in mind that when looking through a telescope the image is reversed. Its a little confusing, especially when one is half asleep.
As I moved the telescope down and to the right, the image appeared to move up and to the left ! However, I knew I was going in the right direction, toward the horizon to find comet ISON, because if I continued moving the telescope in that direction I hit the horizon.
Luckily I was up at 5 AM so I had plenty of time to setup and get acclimated. You will only have about 20 mins. to view the comet and the planets before the brightness of sunrise makes them invisible.
And it was extremely cold, around 20F, so dress warmly.
Hope the comet will look better in December after it loops around the Sun. The comet is only 3 miles across but smaller ones have survived the close encounter with the Sun so it is expected to be much brighter early next month, December.
This new view of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) above, was taken with the TRAPPIST national telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory on the morning of Nov. 15, 2013. The robotic telescope is operated from a control room in Liège, Belgium.
See comet ISON and comet Lovejoy a half hour before sunrise in the South Eastern sky. (click on chart above)
Reports from observers is that come ISON is much brighter than even 24 hours ago as it approaches the Sun.
Best way to find the comets is with binoculars but you can also find it with a small telescope.
The human eye can see objects as faint as magnitude +6.5. Comet ISON has been reported to be at magnitude +7.3 too faint for the unaided human eye.
The brightest stars are given a magnitude of 1 and the full moon’s magnitude is -12.74.