Monday, November 25, 2013

"Comet ISON, if it survives trip around the sun, could bring spectacular sky show"

"On Thanksgiving, when the comet rounds the sun, professional and amateur astronomers alike will await ISON’s fate with bated breath. Its tail may get ripped off by a cloud of solar particles, or the sun’s brutal radiation and pressure may demolish it completely."
But if ISON makes it out alive, stargazers say, it could provide a breathtaking show visible to the naked eye and possibly live up to the name “Comet of the Century,” as some astronomers have dubbed it.

“On Friday, we’ll all be delighted to see its beautiful face as it then comes around the sun,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division. “Then between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it will fly over the North Pole — a very nice holiday comet.”

ISON is a lone traveler originating from a giant population of comets at the very edge of the solar system.
Washington Post, Meeri Kim

4 comments:

deborah said...

Cool, I'll be looking for it.

Methadras said...

It is supposed to pass the less than a million miles from the surface of the sun. It's a 3 mile wide object and if it survives this pass, I wonder how much more speed it will gain from it. It's already headed there at about 92000 miles per hour, so this will be fun. I honestly do not think it will survive a pass so close.

bagoh20 said...

What if it breaks up and a mile wide piece gets slingshotted right at us?

I know, I know, it's the Republicans' fault, but I'm still waiting for my Amazon stuff to come, I need those goddam candy cigarettes, end of the world or not!

Sixty Grit said...

Kahoutec has nothing on ISON, baby!