Sunday, December 1, 2013

Video: Comet ISON Disintegrating (For Real This Time!)

Yesterday came surprising reports that Comet ISON, whose survival some were hailing as a Thanksgiving miracle, was now disintegrating. Well, a day after the news first broke, the bad news is undeniably real as the comet is rapidly dimming and dissipating.Unfortunately, while the previous reports of the comet's 'death' were quickly shown to be premature, this second demise looks to be for real.

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It was on Thanksgiving that the comet made its close approach to the Sun, coming within a mere (in astronomical terms) 700,000 miles from our nearest star. Is is this close pass to the Sun, and the resultant melting of the comet that, according to optimistic estimates, could push Comet ISON to magnitude -11, or about as bright as the Full Moon. Unfortunately, though, the same mechanism that could make Comet ISON comet of the decade could also destroy it, which now appears to be the case
Stay tuned for more updates!

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