Comet ISON to come into sight this month
As the comet ISON traverses towards the sun, it is expected to become visible to the naked eye in the morning sky from October end to January 2014. To overcome all the superstitions about it and to spread a word of awareness among school students and civilians, various institutes working in the field of astronomy have initiated the national campaign 'Eyes on ISON'
“Scientists do not yet know how bright the comet will become. But some of the predictions say it may become very bright indeed, with a long tail,” Niruj Ramanujam of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) said.
“Some comets like Halley’s are periodical, appearing after a gap of a specific period. But according to scientists, ISON has entered our solar system for the first time. On November 28, it will be close to the sun, and if it succeeds in completing an orbit, it will become bright and would become visible to the naked eye,” he said.
As a part of this campaign, special workshops have been arranged on October 1-2 for science communicators at SM Joshi Hall, who will spread the message of ISON across the state.
A public function has been scheduled for October 2 at College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) at 5 pm, in which noted scientist Prof Jayant Naralikar will speak on the subject ‘An Experimental Test of Astrology’, followed by a panel discussion.
“We aim to reach 15 million schoolchildren across the country. In a two- day workshop starting Tuesday, 85 science enthusiasts and schoolteachers from almost every district in the state will participate. We hope that through this process we will reach each and every school in the state,” Vipula Abhyankar of Navnirmiti organisation said.