Comet Ison is just barely visible from earth, but it's making headlines due to some amazing amateur astrophotography
, and the fact that it's making a notably close encounter with the son.
Ison will soon skim just 730,000 miles above the sun's surface.
If the comet, largely made of ice, survives this pass, it could be a great show for skywatchers throughout Decembers according to experts.
The comet is growing visually at present, but its actual mass is shrinking due to melting. Still, it's very possible that Ison could be July 4th in the heavens come around Christmas time.