More space news and info at: - this animation shows the orbital path of Comet ISON when it makes its closest approach to the sun on November 2013. This comet has the potential of being one of the brightest comets in decades, due to its large size.

On October 1, 2013 Comet ISON will pass within 6.5 million miles (10.5 million kilometers) of Mars. It may become visible to NASA's Mars rovers and satellites, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the Curiosity rover.

On November 28, 2013 Comet ISON will make its close pass around the sun. The comet will approach within about 730,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of its surface, which classifies ISON as a sungrazing comet.

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