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Has Comet Ison been destroyed ?


Posted on Friday, 29 November, 2013 | Comment icon 59 comments


Image taken of comet Ison back in October. Image Credit: Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter

The 'comet of the century' didn't survive its close encounter with the sun and appears to have broken up.

While it was always a possibility that the solar radiation and gravitational forces of the sun would prove too much for the comet to endure, astronomers are nonetheless disappointed that things didn't go quite as hoped. All indications point to the likelihood that Ison failed to survive its close encounter with the sun and has instead broken up in to pieces.

Not all is necessarily lost however as there have since been signs that a piece of the comet may have survived. A single glowing chunk of Ison has been picked up by observatories and there is a chance that its tail could grow back. Due to the unpredictable nature of the comet however it is too early to tell exactly what will happen.

Even in the worst case scenario there is still a silver lining for scientists though, if Ison has indeed broken up then astronomers should still be able to benefit from having the rare opportunity to observe the comet's interior.

   
Source: Sky News | Comments (59)

Tags: Ison, Comet


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #50 Posted by GreenmansGod on 1 December, 2013, 15:27
That stuff belongs in Conspiracies and Secret Societies. http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showforum=11 This is science thread for real science. Welcome to UM Toast.
Comment icon #51 Posted by susieice on 1 December, 2013, 15:37
Thanks Waspie. I had seen that we should have passed through the tail, but now they say there isn't much left anymore. ISON has gotten much dimmer.
Comment icon #52 Posted by joc on 1 December, 2013, 15:54
So, was it pulled into the Suns Gravitational Field? Did it get to close to the sun and just break up? Or...did it go into a Wormhole?
Comment icon #53 Posted by moonshadow60 on 1 December, 2013, 16:38
In any case, it came an awfully long way across the universe, didn't it? I wonder how long its journey took.
Comment icon #54 Posted by joc on 1 December, 2013, 17:15
Is it possible Comets are like Sea Turtles? Coming back to where if was born to die? Or is that elephants...?
Comment icon #55 Posted by GreenmansGod on 2 December, 2013, 0:09
Neither, salmon do that. Comets are like marbles being thrown at a tuba (sun). If it hits right at the right speed it spins round the bell, if not, then it either falls into the bell or it bounces off.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Slate on 4 December, 2013, 13:53
Spotted comet Lovejoy this morning with my binoculars. Very faint.
Comment icon #57 Posted by CyberKen on 4 December, 2013, 14:34
Here is the latest on Comet ISON. It survived the sun and is on course.
Comment icon #58 Posted by regeneratia on 8 December, 2013, 23:23
I think we should pass thru ISON's tail in January. That is what has been projected.
Comment icon #59 Posted by regeneratia on 8 December, 2013, 23:28
Then there is this: And I also found this, regarding the survival of ISON. https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/event-view.cfm?Event_ID=51404 Comet ISON Observing, Mingo Observatory (CANCELLED) December 3, 2013 Because Comet Ison has degraded so significantly as it passed by the sun, the comet is no longer suitable for viewing. All observing sessions for Comet Ison previously announced for the observatory have been cancelled. Bill Roemer, Director Mingo Creek Park Observatory


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