Well it’s Thanksgiving morning and the news is, it looks
like the Comet ISON is going to survive it’s close encounter with Sun. Earlier
this week it was feared it may burn through to the core and disintegrate . Although
after soaring as close as 730,000 miles above the surface of the Sun as it
reappeared after being blocked by most ground-based observations, it appears it
This giant cosmic snowball of frozen gases, rock and dust is
estimated to have a nucleus that is 3 to 4 miles across, it is traveling in
outer part of our solar system. When the comet gets close enough to the sun it
produces a tail due to the warmth of the Sun. The tail spews gases and dirt
that can stretch an estimated 57,000 miles, making it possible to be seen by
the naked eye. The head of the comet is estimated to be 3100 miles across, or
20% larger than the width of Australia, according to the Hubble Space Telescope.
ISON has the potential to be one of the brightest comets of
the last 50 years.
If ISON survives this close encounter with the Sun it will
make its closest approach to Earth on December 26. You can follow ISON’s
current status at http://www.isoncampaign.org/Present.
Check out and observer’s to ISON’s light show at http://www.nbcnews.com/science/observers-guide-watching-comet-isons-light-show-sky-2D11648784
Happy Stargazing…. Share your photos in the comments below and
let us know where you were when you snapped that pix! Any ideas about the best viewing
location Rockland County??