Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Comet ISON: Remnants May Remain But Comet is Gone

NASA took a series of images to create this "timelapse" view of comet ISON's trip around the sun.

NASA took a series of images to create this "timelapse" view of comet ISON's trip around the sun.
(Image Source: NASA)

Comet ISON, a "shining green candle in the solar wind," is no longer with us, NASA declared Monday morning in a tribute to what many hoped would be the "comet of the century."

Astrophysicist Karl Battams of NASA writes that "while it is conceivable that small chunks of ISON's nucleus still exist, that possibility looks increasingly unlikely and it is with more than a little sadness that we have to declare the comet lost.

"Survived by approximately several trillion siblings, Comet ISON leaves behind an unprecedented legacy for astronomers, and the eternal gratitude of an enthralled global audience. In ISON's memory, donations are encouraged to your local astronomy club, observatory or charity that supports STEM and science outreach programs for children."

More - Link >>> http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/03/248202813/comet-ison-is-no-more-nasa-says

NASA explanation of what happened to Comet ISON:
Link >>> http://www.isoncampaign.org/potw-dec02

What Happened to Comet ISON?  {NASA Science News: 2013 Dec. 4):

Link >>> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/04dec_isonrecap/

Sources: NASA, National Public Radio.

Related Blog Posts ---

Comet ISON -

Comet ISON vs. the Solar Storm  (2013 Nov. 26):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/11/comet-ison-vs-solar-storm.html


Should We Worry About Comet ISON ?  (2013 Oct. 10):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/10/should-we-worry-about-comet-ison.html


Amateur Astronomers See Comet ISON  (2013 Sept. 26):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/09/amateur-astronomers-see-comet-ison.html


Comet ISON to Fly by Mars  (2013 Aug. 24):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/08/comet-ison-to-fly-by-mars.html


Comet ISON: Unique Meteor Shower Mid-January  (2013 April 20):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/comet-ison-unique-meteor-shower-mid.html


Astronomers Begin Study of Comet ISON  (2013 April 1):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/astronomers-begin-study-of-comet-ison.html


Comet of the Century? (2013 Jan. 19):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/01/comet-of-century.html


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