ALL EYES ARE ON COMET ISON. Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the icy visitor from the outer solar system will skim the sun's outer atmosphere and, if it survives, could emerge as one of the brightest comets in years.

Bright comets excite astronomy enthusiasts like few other sky events, and so there will be enormous interest in viewing the comet among amateur astronomers and the public at large. ISON could be as bright as the planet Venus in the early morning sky.

The National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences along with Astronomy magazine and Discover magazine, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the expected bright Comet ISON (C/2012S1).

This comet will be exceptionally bright, reaching naked-eye visibility by the end of October and peaking in brightness just after Thanksgiving, when it draws closest to the Sun. it will remain visible to the naked eye into early January 2014.

We challenge photographers, amateur and professional, to explore the Comet through cameras & tripods, piggyback cameras or through the scope. The competition is an opportunity for photographers to consider the Comet in a different light.

The competition offers photographers an opportunity to explore through imagery.

Be sure to include the following elements in your submission:
  • The title of your submission
  • When the visual taken (day, month, year, and time)
  • A description of the equipment used to capture the visual
  • The story of your submission.
Who: Amateur and professional photographers
What: Stunning images of Comet ISON
Where: Register and submit to:
When: October 15, 2013 through 11:59 PM Pacific Time on January 15, 2014
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