There is a lot of confusion right now about Comet Ison; So I'll attempt to clear that up here
with the very latest in what we understand about this Comet.
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Comet ISON could be a survivor!
UPDATE: According to the latest news releases, Comet ISON might still yet be a survivor. According to sun-grazer expert, Karl Battams: "Matthew [Knight] and I are ripping our hair out right now as we know that so many people in the public, the media and in science teams want to know what's happened. We'd love to know that too! Right now, here's our working hypothesis: As comet ISON plunged towards to the Sun, it began to fall apart, losing not giant fragments but at least a lot of reasonably sized chunks. There's evidence of very large dust in the form of that long thin tail we saw in the LASCO C2 images.
Then, as ISON plunged through the corona, it continued to fall apart and vaporize, and lost its coma and tail completely just like Lovejoy did in 2011. (We have our theories as to why it didn't show up in the SDO images but that's not our story to tell - the SDO team will do that.) Then, what emerged from the Sun was a small but perhaps somewhat coherent nucleus, that has resumed emitting dust and gas for at least the time being. In essence, the tail is growing back, as Lovejoy's did.
So while our theory certainly has holes, right now it does appear that a least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece and is actively releasing material. We have no idea how big this nucleus is, if there is indeed one. If there is a nucleus, it is still too soon to tell how long it will survive. If it does survive for more than a few days, it is too soon to tell if the comet will be visible in the night sky. If it is visible in the night sky, it is too soon to say how bright it will be..."
Stay tuned! We'll bring you the latest news on Comet ISON as it comes in. If you'd like more information on the location and celestial coordinates of Comet ISON - or when it passes near a bright star, planet or deep sky object, then visit our Keeping An Eye On Comet ISON webpage! (Be sure to check regularly and we'll keep you alerted to any changes.)
Current Comet ISON Image Credit: Wendelstein Observatory of the LMU/MPS - Images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO/Jhelioviewer Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/106832/zombie-ison-behaving-like-a-comet-stunned-astronomers-say/#ixzz2m3TCHz5Z
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