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The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, is due to fly within 1.2 million miles from the center of the sun on November 28, 2013, said astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.[^]
Western tradition sees comets as harbingers of doom and as omens of world-altering change.