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Friday, November 29, 2013

Comet ISON goes Pfffttt!!

It looks like Comet Ison will not become "The Comet of the Century", as it appears to have burned up as it rounded the sun, reaching its "perihelion" or closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day at 1:48PM Eastern Time in the US. This is one of the reasons I wrote so little, actually nothing, about it. Touting a comet as "The Comet of the Century" before it actually becomes that is almost always a jinx. Those comets rarely are, and ISON has shown itself as no exception.

Oh well, there's still plenty to see in the sky. Come on down for a star tour adventure with the Starman of Mitzpe Ramon. We're open every clear night except Fridays and Jewish holidays.

Comet ISON is show in a composite NASA image as it approaches the sun. The sun's bright central image is blocked by a coronagraph so other objects can be seen in the frame.

See also: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/28/comet-ison-nasa/3776419/

Comet ISON's passage around the sun as it disintegrates in the heat of the corona.


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