The year 2013 should bring us two of the most spectacular comets imaginable – two! But . . .
Yeah, I said “maybe ” and I mean it. I was so proud in November 1973 when my first article for Popular Science magazine appeared with this headline on the cover:
“Get Set for Comet Kohoutek – Sky Spectacular of the Century!”
Well, as you probably know, Comet Kohoutek was the sky dud of the century! So forgive me if this time around I remain just a tad skeptical – call it “cautious” – when it comes to what could be, for Northern Hemisphere observers, the two greatest comets of the century – Comet PanSTARRS in March, 2013 and Comet ISON in December of 2013.
That said, I’m psyched! Comets are the most wondrous – and unpredictable – beasties in the heavenly menagerie. They are full of surprises, beauty, and awe…
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