Thursday, November 28, 2013

ISON Update: It (probably) didn’t (completely) disintegrate

As ISON approached the Sun, astronomers – both professional and amateur – from all over the world got very excited. ISON started to flair up and get very bright, and then it vanished.

The comet started to dim and “smear” as it entered the occulter guarding NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory’s (SOHO) cameras, the Solar Dynamic Observatory caught some glimpses of “bright pixels,” but it wasn’t an astonishingly bright event. The early speculation was that ISON had completely disintegrated as it passed the Sun.

But, that’s not where the story ends…

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