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Comet ISON heats up, grows new tail

Comet ISON heats up, grows new tail

November 8, 2013 - I'm starting to get the chills about Comet ISON. I can't help it. With practically every telescope turned the comet's way fewer than three short weeks before perihelion, every week brings new images and developments. The latest pictures show a brand new tail feature emerging from the comet's bulbous coma.

For months, amateur and professional astronomers alike have watched ISON's slowly growing dust tail that now stretches nearly half a degree or a full moon's diameter. In the past two days, photos taken by amateur astronomers reveal what appears to be a nascent ion or gas tail. Damian Peach's Nov. 6 image clearly shows two spindly streamers.



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Promising Comet ISON Gives Perplexing Performance En Route to Sun

Promising Comet ISON Gives Perplexing Performance En Route to Sun by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist October 31, 2013 04:33pm ET Bruce Gary of Hereford, Arizona obtained this a true color image of Comet ISON on Oct. 22, 2013, showing a greenish coma and reddish tail. The coma is now greener than the tail, which is also a result of...

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Update on Comet ISON

Stargazers! I am keeping an eye on our latest comet that is already being monitored by a few high tech telescopes. The Comet ISON remains a subject of fascination and anticipation, but will it still be an impressive comet for the casual viewer? Lets do the breakdown. When the comet whips around the sun near the end of November, the comet side...

A Novice Observer's Guide to Comet ISON

does anyone know where ISON is from, where is the other side of the projections ?


( via universetoday.com )


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