As in the cheeky American horror movie of 1974:It’s Alive, Comet ISON is alive. She survived her encounter with the Sun just like Comet Lovejoy two years ago, and Comet ISON will brightened, again.
While eating our American Thanksgiving dinner, major news reports ABC, NBC, CBS and others had funeral service for Comet ISON but we knew it was too early to say but this morning word is out.
CANCEL THE EULOGY: Comet ISON flew through the sun’s atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON’s demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Click on the image below to see what emerged from Comet ISON’s brush with solar fire:
In the movie, Comet ISON seems to be falling apart as it approaches the sun. Indeed, researchers working with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory said they saw nothing along the track that ISON was expected to follow through the sun’s atmosphere. Nevertheless, something has emerged. Whether this is a small scorched fragment of Comet ISON’s nucleus or perhaps a “headless comet”–a stream of debris marking the remains of the comet’s disintegrated core–remains to be seen.
Also another story about Comet ISON: