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Comet ISON seen from backyard telescopes

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Comet ISON is now visible from some backyard telescopes.  

According to SpaceWeather.com locating the comet in the night sky is easy - just look for the Red Planet.  

The comet is near Mars as it rises at dawn in the eastern sky. 

SpaceWeather.com has skymaps to help you locate ISON. 

Comet ISON was discovered just over a year ago and is on track to move close to the sun.  

It is called a sun-grazing comet. 

ISON will pass about 750,000 miles away from the sun.

That is closer than any of the planets and is small distance in space terms.  

The Earth is 92,960,000 miles away from the sun.  

With powerful heat energy coming off the surface of the sun, Comet ISON could disintegrate along its journey.  

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