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Comet ISON Does Not Survive Perihelion, Only A Ghost Remains
2013-12-02 07:39:23

[ Watch the Video: The Life And Times Of Comet ISON ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In true soap opera fashion, the enigmatic comet ISON has followed a somewhat tumultuous lifestyle. It has kept us on the edge of our seats like a good cliffhanger, and excited us when we least expected it to. Now after and up-and-down journey through the cosmos, ISON has seemingly met its match and it its fate has been sealed once and for all. Astronomers for over a year...

Comet ISON Shows Signs Of Life After Close Encounter With Sun
2013-11-29 11:26:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last night astronomers were putting the final nail in the coffin for Comet ISON, which had been streaking toward its close encounter with the sun for months, culminating with a perihelion (closest approach of the sun) on Thanksgiving Day. Described as the “comet of the century” by some and predicted to just “fizzle out” by others, ISON has been a hot topic since it was first discovered by Russian astronomers on September...

How Comet ISON Is Spending Thanksgiving With The Sun: Exclusive
2013-11-26 13:12:59

[ Watch the Video: SOHO Sees Comet ISON Appear ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON will be spending Thanksgiving Day within the sun’s grasp and it is this moment and those leading up to it that will help define the comet’s future. The journey of Comet ISON has been a cinematic one, particularly because its existence was not even known until September of last year. Since then, the comet has garnered international attention from amateur and professional...

Comet ISON May Or May Not Put On A Show
2013-11-18 15:55:32

[ Watch the Video: ISON Keeps Giving Us The Run-Around ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online I’ve been nerding out for most of the year, since Comet ISON first came on my radar, so to speak. Back in February, I wrote a piece for redOrbit detailing the discovery of a comet so magnificent that its show was going to be the stuff of legend. And then in July, redOrbit’s Brett Smith tried to rain on my astral parade when he reported on the diminished expectations...

Amateur Astronomers Can Now Observe An Approaching Comet ISON
2013-09-25 12:35:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet ISON is getting closer and closer to making its close encounter with the sun on Thanksgiving Day, and amateur astronomers are gearing up to take every opportunity they can to observe the celestial object between now and then. The comet's brush with the sun on November 28 could either turn it into a sight for all to see, or destroy the icy visitor. So while we hope for the best, astronomers still should be taking every advantage...

Comet ISON Still On Track For Fall Spectacle: Exclusive
2013-09-19 14:25:38

[ Watch the Video: Don't Give Up On Comet ISON Just Yet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Remember when we, and everyone else in the media circuit, reported about how Comet ISON was fizzling out? Well, forget about it, because a very reliable source tells redOrbit that the comet is still on track to potentially provide a spectacular show in the night sky. Comet ISON has been closely watched by several astronomers over the past year with great anticipation, but...

Comet Coming To A Backyard Near You In March
2013-02-08 04:52:57

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: A Naked-Eye Comet in March 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Backyard astronomers and star watching enthusiasts need to be on the lookout in March for a comet that could possibly be seen with the naked-eye. Comet Pan-STARRS will be passing about 100 million miles from Earth, briefly dipping inside the orbit of Mercury, and astronomers say it could become an object in the sky about as bright as some stars. Pan-STARRS derives...

Comet ISON To Pass Through Sun's Atmosphere In November
2013-01-19 07:48:01

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Comet of the Century ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A comet discovered by Russian astronomers last September could blossom into one of the stargazing highlights of the year, NASA officials announced on Friday. Comet ISON, which was found by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok of Roscosmos and named in honor of their International Scientific Optical Network night-sky survey program, is currently located near Jupiter. For...

Some Comets Like It Hot
2012-01-13 11:08:23

[ Watch the Video ] Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight.  The deepest cold is their natural habitat. Last November amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a different kind of comet.  The icy fuzzball he spotted in the sky over his backyard observatory in Australia was heading almost directly for the sun.  On Dec. 16th, less than three weeks...

Comet Survives Close Encounter With Our Sun
2011-12-18 06:18:30

[ Watch the Video ] On December 16, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible.  Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact. "It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC.  "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us." The...


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