The moment of truth has finally arrived for Comet ISON. It is slated to skim just within 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) above the surface of the sun today (Nov. 28) in a cosmic maneuver that skywatchers and scientists alike have been anticipating since the comet’s discovery in September 2012. The solar passage could destroy Comet ISON, or make it brighter than ever. We will know soon!
(Image Credit: Waldemar Skorupa from Kahler Asten, Germany)
The much anticipated comet Ison appears to have largely been destroyed from its pass around the sun, something may have survived however the show everyone has been looking forward to has been cancelled.
Comet ISON might still put on a spectacular show. If it stays intact as it passes the Sun, we may see several remarkably bright comet tails streaming upward from the horizon on the morning of November 29.
It turns out that a nucleus-free dust cloud of comet ISON survived encounter with the Sun!
With a comet like this you just have to wait and see what will happen. It held together a long time, got very bright last night, faded this morning, then apparently fell apart. Still, there’s more observing to do, and of course much data over which to go through. (Source. The last post on ISON here)