With the comet ISON passing the Earth shortly after Christmas Eve, we can look forward to seeing a real “Christmas star” this year. The comet was discovered in September 2012 and will be visible to the naked eye at night from December until mid January 2014. On December 26 and 27, the comet will be closest to the Earth – so the best chances to see it are over the Christmas holidays.

We have several animations tracking the orbit of ISON; we selected one from our collection of computer animations for you. Here you can see the way of the comet through our solar system – to be better prepared for the spectacle in reality. Keep your eyes open so you don’t miss it!