IN four weeks’ time, on November 28, a comet called ISON will be grazing the surface of the sun, halfway on its journey through our Solar System.

If ISON survives the fiery blast and the huge gravitational pull, it will reemerge as a very bright object that we will be able to see quite clearly – some say even in daylight.

These are rare natural wonders, made up of ice and rock, and have caused enormous interest (and in some cases alarm) since man first put foot on our planet.

It didn’t, and it doesn’t matter what one’s race, colour or creed is – the pass of any comet has the very rare quality of globally unifying each and every one of us.

We all want to see one and tell stories to sons and daughters (and those yet to be conceived) of the “time that the comet came”.

ISON should give us a visual pleasure for a couple of weeks. It is nature at its very, very best.

As human beings, we are only too aware of the best and also the worst in ourselves.

We know that giving and taking should be equally balanced. The ISON display is going to be in mid-winter – so why not give something back by looking in on the weak and vulnerable around you at this time, especially the old, the cold and the very lonely.

You might even want to enjoy watching ISON together…

JOHN S MORGAN, Pershore, Atheist – “not better nor lesser”