Episode 56: 7th October 2012 – SpaceguardUK

As the dinosaurs on the Earth 64 million years ago discovered, comets and asteroids have the potential for unexpected arrival with devastating consequences. The spectacular collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in July 1994 dramatically raised awareness and no doubt a little concern amongst the heads of governments across the planet. Since then, the […]

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)

The most spectacular comet in living memory was bright, had multiple tails and remained visible with the naked eye  for over a year. Hale-Bopp decorated the Earth’s night sky between 1996 and 1997. Discovery of another comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) announced this week, if current predictions turn out to be correct,   may exceed the spectacle even of […]