When the "Comet of the Century" died to a solar roasting last year, the world was sad. Now astronomers think they know what happened. Continue reading →
With the sad demise of Comet ISON fresh in our minds, it's worth remembering that there's plenty more (and perhaps more impressive) lumps of space ice where that came from.
Sad news, comet fans: ISON is no more. It's a vaporized husk of its former self. A sublimated dirty snowball. Comet ISON is an ex-comet and this time it's not playing. Continue reading →
When Russian astronomers detected the 'virgin' Comet ISON in September 2012, the world was hoping for something a little bit special. But no comet is the same and the nature of 'dirty snowballs' is rarely predictable. Continue reading →
As the U.S. celebrated Thanksgiving Day, Comet ISON suffered a pretty severe cosmic flesh wound as it flew perilously close to the sun. Continue reading →
A new video of the incoming Comet ISON is the best yet from NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft. See the comet ahead of its Nov. 28 close sun flyby.
Comets that stray too close to the sun have a very uncertain future. Some live to tell the tale, while others literally lose their tails.
Although Comet ISON appears to be holding its own against the increasing solar heat, the large mass of ice isn't getting away unscathed -- one or more large icy chunks appear to have broken away from the comet's nucleus. Continue reading →
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