Comet ISON flameout

It should have been named ICARUS. The comet ISON, earlier proclaimed “the comet of the century”, did not fare well at perihelion. Some sources are saying part of the nucleus survived, but it will be a ghost of its former self. It has been very interesting following this comet, with all the resources available on the interwebs, but I had hopes for a repeat of Hale-Bopp.

UPDATE: Comet ISON Fades Away Right Before Satellite’s Eyes

Ison almost visible

Comet Ison, earlier heralded as perhaps the comet of the century, has finally brightened to the point that it is almost visible to the naked eye. Astronomers expect Ison to be brightest on about November 28. It will then disappear behind the sun. It may or may not reappear on the other side; no one is sure if it will survive its close encounter with Sol.

Comet ISON, as seen through a really nice telescope around Nov. 8. Image: Copyright Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Comet ISON, as seen through a really nice telescope around Nov. 8. Image: Copyright Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona