Comet ISON has been in outburst the past several days! It is much brighter than it was before, and many are saying they can see it with the eye alone in dark country skies. Plus the comet is near the bright star Spica now. On the mornings of November 17 and 18, the comet and this star will be in the same binocular field. Charts below. Now inside the orbit of Venus, and soon to be within Mercury’s orbit, Comet ISON is plummeting fast toward its late November encounter with the sun – its perihelion, or closest point to the sun – on November 28, 2013.