…by Anura Guruge
That it is C/2013 R1, whereas Comet ISON was C/2012 S1, tells us that C/2013 R1 was discovered a one year after ISON.
It was actually discovered on September 7, 2013 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Livejoy, and IT specialist by day.
This is Terry Lovejoy’s 4th comet.
His C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), only visible, alas in the southern hemisphere, was a doozy!
C/2013 R1, since November 2013, at an apparent magnitude of +5 is in theory naked eye visible.
It is due to perihelion on December 22, 2013.
So it will continue to get brighter.
So if you are pining for poor ISON assuage your sorrows by trying to get a gander at the latest Lovejoy.