Comet ISON

The Two-Way
6:33 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Fate Of Comet ISON Unclear Hours After Its Encounter With Sun

Comet ISON nears its apparently fatal encounter with the sun on Thursday.
NASA

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 11:34 pm

Updated 11:30 p.m. ET: 'My Best Guess ... There Is Something Left'

Scientists Thursday said that ISON, a comet formed at the birth of the solar system, apparently did not survive its encounter with the sun. Hours later, they weren't so sure.

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Local News
2:37 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

UofL Planetarium Plans Party for Comet ISON

Comet ISON
Credit NASA

It may be the brightest comet in decades, but first it must survive a trip around the brightest, hottest star in our solar system.

Comet ISON will pass the sun on Thanksgiving day and—if it doesn’t vaporize—will be visible to residents in the Northern Hemisphere throughout December.

Comet ISON was discovered by Russian astronomers in September 2012, it is nearly a half-mile in diameter and traveling at a very high velocity.

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