The next few days will be the last opportunity to view comet ISON before its close approach to the sun on November 28th.
Here's where to look near the south east horizon about an hour before dawn. Use the planets Mercury and Saturn as your guide. You can aim your phone stargazing app at the horizon to find these planets, if you are unfamiliar with where to look. On November 23rd, comet ISON will be about 7-10 degrees above the horizon, depending on where you live in the US. (Ten degrees is one clenched fist (GIF, 133 KB), tilted vertically and held at arms length away.)
Nov 24: Find comet ISON to the right of Saturn and Mercury -- only 4-7 degrees above the horizon, tho' its tail may be more visible facing away from the sun.
Nov 25: Comet ISON is 2-5 degrees below Saturn and Mercury. The planets are very close together, in conjunction!
Nov 26: On November 26 the head of the comet will be below the horizon, look for the tail!
Here's a recent image of comet ISON. Your binocular or naked eye view will not show this much detail, but you'll be able to say you saw the comet, before its date with the sun!
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