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 â†’
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 â†’
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 â†’
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 â†’
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.
Want to track the potential "Comet of the Century" as it travels through the inner solar system? Now's your chance. Continue reading â†’
As Comet ISON approaches the sun, our space-based robotic explorers have been keeping close tabs on the inner-solar system visitor.
A specialist telescope at the ESO's La Silla Observatory has zoomed in on the erupting dirty snowball to resolve stunning detail in Comet ISON's coma and tail. Continue reading â†’
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