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Nov 1, 2013

Astronomy Alert at the Orion Township Public Library!!

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Join NASA Ambassador, Gerry Chevrier at the Orion Township Public Library on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. to learn about the approaching Comet ISON which will make an appearance in Earth's sky in late 2013.

While it's hard to predict just how bright the comet will be when it arrives, some astronomers are saying that it could be as bright as the full moon or perhaps, even visible in daylight. The comet is named after a telescope for the International Scientific Optical Network. Two Russians spotted ISON through a 15.7-inch (0.4-meter) reflecting telescope from that organization. ISON is
considered a "sungrazer," meaning that it will pass very close to the sun when it gets into the inner solar system in November.

Chevrier has been active in astronomy for 20 years. He and his family have been long term residents of the Lake Orion area and he has done several public outreach programs in the Oakland County area. Chevrier has an astronomy dome in Oxford, Michigan and is currently the Solar System Ambassador for this area. The Solar Ambassador program is sponsored by the JET PROPULSION LABORATORY in Pasadena, California.

For more information about the Comet ISON presentation contact Linda Pannuto at 248-693-3000 x316 or visit the Orion Township Public Library at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 or orionlibrary.org. The library is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.

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