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Fascinating stuff.
Now I've got to find Spica & Virgo if I can.
Current night sky over New York City - AstroViewer
"Follow the arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica":

find Arcturus & Spica: skychart

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I remember the "spike on over to Spica" bit but thanks.

I'm just trying to figure out what time of day (night really) would be optimal to see this ISON from the US east coast. Right now (at 1pm) Virgo is in the western sky but will be below the horizon come nightfall.
This seems to indicate that getting up at say, 4am would be a good time to catch Virgo (& Spica) rising in the east. ISON is in that area.
 

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