The best views of Ison right now are from the NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). You can see Ison streak across the sky, much brighter than the stars scattered around it.
The comet is expected to be closest to the sun at around 18:37 GMT. The comet, which left the outer edge of the solar system 5.5 million years ago is likely to disintegrate and melt due to the gravity exerted on it, and the heat thrown off by the sun.
If Ison does survive the encounter, it will be quite a bit smaller but should be visible just before sunrise and just after sun set. Scientists are hoping it will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere even without a telescope.
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