Say "hello" to ISON!
Join the Astronomy Club for a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the comet ISON, at its closest point to the sun.
ISON Comet Viewing
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
5 p.m.-5 a.m.
O'Brien Observatory in Marine on St. Croix
621 Nason Hill Road N.
Marine on St Croix, MN
Astronomers have monitored Comet ISON (C/2012) since it was discovered last year. Its unusual brightness so far out in the solar system led to a "comet of the century" title. ISON is currently visible in the constellation Virgo. The closer ISON gets to the sun, the brighter it will be. If ISON survives its Thanksgiving day trip around the sun (a 50/50 proposition) and the 5,000° F environment it will be subjected to, it is expected to dim as quickly as it brightened over the next year as it exits the solar system.
The O'Brien Observatory is an astronomical observatory located in the city of Marine on St. Croix about 22 miles east of the Twin Cities. The observatory is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota and opened in 1968.
The Astronomy Club promotes interest and education in astronomy and related space sciences for its members, the University community, public schools, and the general public.