posted by: bueter
Comet ISON has had a recent outburst, just as the Comet Festival starts to ramp up in South Bend, IN. Today at 6:30 p.m., astronomer Martin Ratcliffe will speak about comets at the PHM Digital Video Theater. See http://cometfestival.com/index.php/events/comet-or-bust/. An avid astrophotographer, Ratcliffe captured ISON’s splintering tail in stunning detail, which he’ll show at the Comet or Bust program.
Much else is happening with the Comet Festival, as suggested by the following links:
Comet Festival home page
Comet Festival on Facebook
Comet Festival Calendar
Comet Festival Map
I invite you to check in often as the line-up continues to grow. Some events are underway. For example, the Potawatomi Zoo has a Tail End of the Season program (http://cometfestival.com/index.php/events/tail-end-season/) that features the characteristics of tails both for animals and for comets, but their last day of the season is December 1, 2013.
Next up: Over 20,000 students in the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) have made comet-themed art, of which 10 pieces from each of 33 schools go on display at the Colfax Cultural Center. Nearly all SBCSC schools had full assemblies (http://cometfestival.com/index.php/events/comets-schools/) to introduce the students to Comet ISON.