Observing Comet ISON

Overview

The CIOC's primary task is to encourage and facilitate observations of comet ISON. To that end we currently have the following resources available on the CIOC website:
  • Observation Plans: This page contains a list of planned observations from professional ground and space-based assets in the form of a Google Calendar (to which you can subscribe). Note that the calendar only lists observing plans that we have been made aware of. There are undoubtedly many more plans to observe ISON than we have listed here, but we rely on those observers to inform us of their plans, should they choose to do so. For that purpose we do also have on that page a form that observers can fill out to tell us of their plans. It is also very important to note that many of the observations listed there are just proposed observations. Ground-based astronomy is highly dependent on the weather, and both ground and space-based facilities occasionally encounter technical or programmatic problems that prohibit the observations from taking place.
  • Observation Logs: These are brief reports sent to us by professional astronomers of their observing runs. Once again this page requires voluntary input, and we provide instructions on the page that describes how to send us that input.
  • Publications: When papers or telegrams are published, we list them on this page for your convenience.