Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Planetary Poker - Comet ISON

My charming and beautiful cousin, Laura, made me aware of Comet ISON a few days ago. It was discovered last September by a pair of amateur Russian astronomers. The forecasts of the show to be put on by ISON are amazing: ten times brighter than Venus and brighter even than the Moon! No one knows yet how it will look later this year, but I chose to draw it with an antitail since that effect seems to be fairly common and very showy.

I numbered this card "28" because that is the day in November when ISON will achieve perihelion, being under two million miles from the Sun. It's also my birthday. Hurrah!

4 comments:

Logan Quinn said...

Thought you might like this site: http://lpb.fieldofscience.com/2009/11/solar-systemto-scale.html :o)

John Gabarron said...

You thought correctly! It's awesome! Thanks n stuff. :o)

LauraY said...

Nice! I hope it really looks like this when it arrives on your birthday.
Hey do you remember playing Star Trek when we were kids and using a tupperware dish or something as a flying saucer? Why do I remember this?
Laura

John Gabarron said...

I remember playing Trek, Lost in Space, and I don't remember what else. We played in the future as kids, now we live in it as grown ups...just not the exact one we imagined.