'Comet of the Century' caught on camera - WNCT

'Comet of the Century' caught on camera

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The potential 'comet of the century' is traveling fast on its way to the inner solar system, and now, you have the chance to see it in action.

The online SLOOH SpaceCamera will begin broadcasting live shots of Comet Ison at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The shots will come from a remotely operated observatory off the west coast of Africa in the Canary Islands.
    
Two Russian amateur astronomers first discovered Ison in September 2012. It's named after the International Scientific Optical Network, the telescope responsible for its discovery.

The Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute caught images of the comet earlier this month. They show the comet slightly inside Jupiter's orbit, about 386 million miles from the sun.

The institute serves as the science operations center for the Hubble.

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