Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Comet ISON Dead, Debris Cloud is 8th Magnitude

Comet ISON is undeniably dead for good. The latest videos from the SOHO solar observatory are showing Comet ISON to be no more than just a cloud of dissipating dust shining at 8th magnitude and dimming quickly.

According to Spaceweather.com, after having a few days to examine the imagery, experts are starting to come come to a consensus that Comet ISON actually disintegrated before perihelion. The reasoning: the comet's brightness dipped quite noticeably right before perihelion as seen by the SOHO camera. So why did it brighten post-perihelion? The last gasps from a gravitationally-bound rubble pile.

Sad end for the once-proclaimed 'comet of the century.'

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