"Two bright comets to visit us in 2013…

The amateur astronomy community is buzzing this week after the discovery last Friday of an inbound comet that may put on quite a show next year around Thanksgiving.

It’s named Comet ISON (C/2012S1) and it was discovered late last week by Russian astronomers. The comet is now very distant but it will pass extremely close to the sun on November 28, 2013.

Comet ISON (C/2012S1) has an orbit that is very similar to a spectacular comet that appeared in 1680, frightening folks across Europe and Asia. The 1680 comet was visible during the daytime.

There’s also a second cometary visitor coming next year… a springtime visit by comet Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4). This comet could be easily visible in our western evening sky around the middle of March 2013."