Update on ISON

Ison update 1

Gerald Rhemann in Namibia in SW Africa captured this photo of Comet ISON on November 21, 2013

 

 

Comet ISON is still holding its own after many speculations that it might’ve broken apart by now.

The video in the link below shows the comet as it passes Mars and Earth, heading for the immense heat and incredible beauty of the Sun.

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/11085768164/

Thursday November 28 2013 marks the perihelion of the comet that has captured and held the gaze of so many. At 20:24:57 SA time, Comet ISON will be at its closest point to the Sun at 1.1 Million Kilometers away, and if it stays in tact, will then start its journey past our beloved Earth.

Ison update 2

The Planetary Society

 

Never before have we humans had the opportunity to witness a comet the size of ISON. Never before has a comet passed us from that  distance, and never before has a comet come so close to our Sun. Thus we simply don’t know exactly how the comet will behave at its perihelion, nor if it will stay in tact.

The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society

The sungrazing comet (passing the sun at a distance of only a few thousand kilometers), has travelled one light year from its origin in the Oort Cloud (a giant shell of icy bodies), marking it as a phenomena that no-one has ever seen before!

If all goes well Comet ISON will be visible in the skies from early December, reaching its closest point to the Earth on December 26. We in South Africa will unfortunately only be able to spot it before dawn, whereas those in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see it shining bright and proud for most of the night or day.

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*Many are worried about the extreme silence from NASA concerning comet ISON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii4e_NrT-zA