Sri Lankans to witness Comet ISON’s approach to the sun

Sri Lankans to witness Comet ISON’s approach to the sun

Sri Lankans to witness Comet ISON’s approach to the sun

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2013 | 2:35 pm

Issuing a communique, the Department of Physics of the University of Colombo said that a comet known as Comet ISON will be travelling close to the sun on November 28.
The Comet ISON, supposed to be a very bright comet with a dazzling show, will have its closest point to the Sun and Sri Lankans will have a good view of the comet during the morning hours of November 17 – 23.
The communique noted that the comet could be viewed by looking at the area of the sky close to the eastern horizon before the sunise around 5.00 a.m. According to the communique Sri Lankans will be able to see the comet with the tail stretching away from the direction of the Sun.
The Department of Physics of the University of Colombo will be organising a public programme and a photographic competition in the morning around November 19.
Details of the programmes will be available at the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies(ACClMT) web site www.accimt.ac.lk said Prof. Chandana Jayaratne of Department of Physics, University of Colombo and consultant to the Space Applications Division, ACCIMT.
The communique stated that the study of these first-time sun approaching comets is important to understand the nature of the original interstellar dust cloud of which our solar system was evolved.It also said that there is no harm of observing comets through the naked eyes.
 

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