COMET ISON UPDATE: Comet ISON is now ten times brighter than it was on
Nov. 13-14 when an unexpected outburst propelled the sundiver into the
realm of naked-eye visibility. Observers around the world confirm seeing
the comet as a faint smudge low in the eastern sky before sunrise.
Backyard telescopes reveal a riot of gaseous streamers trailing behind
the comet's brightening (and possibly fragmenting) core. With almost two
weeks to go before ISON plunges into the sun's atmosphere, it is
already one of the most beautiful and active comets in years.