November 28, 2013
The Comet known as "ISON" has apparently made it's pass around the Sun (Perihelion). From the video provided by the Cybertribe News Network the comet seems to pass around the sun, and then become visibly much brighter as it is seen again.
According to Fox News, most scientists had declared the comet dead as it made it's way closer to the sun, but now it seems that this comet of dirty space ice may just have survived.
"It certainly appears as if there is an object there that is emitting material," said Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.NASA.gov published a predicted journey video of the Comet back in July of this year saying that it could be possible that the comet would be destroyed by the sun's heat as it travels closer to it.
A comet’s journey through the solar system is perilous and violent. A giant ejection of solar material from the sun could rip its tail off. Before it reaches Mars -- at some 230 million miles away from the sun -- the radiation of the sun begins to boil its water, the first step toward breaking apart. And, if it survives all this, the intense radiation and pressure as it flies near the surface of the sun could destroy it altogether.Right now, Comet ISON is making that journey. It began its trip from the Oort cloud region of our solar system and is now travelling toward the sun. The comet will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day -- Nov. 28, 2013 -- skimming just 730,000 miles above the sun’s surface. If it comes around the sun without breaking up, the comet will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere with the naked eye, and from what we see now, ISON is predicted to be a particularly bright and beautiful comet.Most scientist are doubtful that the comet was able to survive the perihelion but are still analysing the skies and the data before saying the comet has dissipated.
Cataloged as C/2012 S1, Comet ISON was first spotted 585 million miles away in September 2012. This is its very first trip around the sun, which means it is still made of pristine matter from the earliest days of the solar system’s formation, its top layers never having been lost by a trip near the sun. Scientists will point as many ground-based observatories as they can and at least 15 space-based assets towards the comet along the way, in order to learn more about this time capsule from when the solar system first formed. NASA.gov
"At this point, I do suspect that the comet has broken up and died," says Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, who joined a NASA and Google+ chat from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona. "Let's at least give it a couple of more hours before we start writing the obituary." USA TodayIf the comet survives, it should pass by earth as close as 40 million miles at around December 26th.
The name given to the comet -ISON- stands for International Scientific Optical Network.