Comet Ison fades to obscurity after its solar burn off

by | Dec 3, 2013 | ESA, NASA, Science | 0 comments

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The Comet Ison failed to live up to its billing as the so-called “Comet of the Century”  as it passed close to the Sun in late November.   Images from the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft’s Lasco instrument (see courtesy NASA below) show the Comet approaching the Sun, and as it emerges becoming a much feinter smudge after its close encounter.  Scientists believe that a a combination of high temperatures, solar wind and gravitatioanal forces broke the comet apart leaving only a small remnant/small debris collection and weak tail  survive.   Originally it had been hoped that had the Comet Ison fully survived its perhelion fly-pass it would have grown a strong tail to become a highly object in the December night sky. 

 

 

 

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