Comet Watching

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This year’s Santa piece was inspired by the scientists predicting a spectacular comet in 2013 – as bright as the moon near the end of the year – or it could also disintegrate near the sun apparently!
With so many people gazing up at the night sky to see Comet ISON, Santa is unable to do any practice runs before Christmas. With Comet’s help, they monitor the situation with ‘Tom’s’ Christmas present. Tom is our next door neighbour who is interested in astronomy and currently has Peter’s telescope on loan.

Also on this piece you will see Comet ISON C/2012 S1. The name stands for International Scientific Optical Network and it was discovered by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok.

The comet is closes to the sun (called its perihelion) on November 28 2013. Many comets come from the Oort cloud on the very edge of the solar system.

Comet Pan STARRS ‘C/2011 L4 is with us as I write. Unfortunately a clear night sky in the UK is rarer than....well a comet! Still, only 110,000 years before it comes back – one for your diaries!

The base of this beautiful piece includes names of some notable comets from the last 50 years.
The interior shows a mouse (me) using Sky Map on my Nexus 7 (poor man’s ipad) to track the comet.
 

Carving Date: February 2013

Release Date: 27th March 2013

Edition size: Timed Edition available until December 24th 2013

Launch price: £47 incl VAT ($75)

 

ARTIST'S NOTE: AFTER ABOUT 340 PIECES (EXACT NUMBER TO BE CONFIRMED) HAD BEEN CAST OF COMET WATCHING, SMALL ADJUSTMENTS WERE MADE TO THE MASTER MOLD WHICH RESULTED IN ONE OF THE NAMES OF THE COMETS AROUND THE BASE OF THE PIECE FALLING OUT. PETER DECIDED TO REPLACE THIS NAME (HYAKUTAKE) WITH 'CALVESBERT' - SO THERE ARE ACCIDENTALLY TWO VARIATIONS OF THIS PIECE - WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE? MAYBE YOU NEED TO SEARCH FOR THE OTHER VARIATION TOO!