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ISON Comet Breakup Confirmed

The Hubble Site blog is quite explicit: “Comet ISON Is Still Dead“.

We can’t completely rule out the possibility that something is left of the comet. After all, it was seen after its passage close to the Sun, but disappeared not long after. This material would still exist, but is likely very diffuse gas, dust, and very small pieces spread over an extremely large area.

Comet Lovejoy on November 30, 2013 as captured by Scott MacNeill at Frosty Drew Observatory

Comet Lovejoy on November 30, 2013
as captured by Scott MacNeill at Frosty Drew Observatory

So what probably remains is debris, not a comet. If you want to see another comet, like comet Lovejoy, try the many scientific websites dealing with space…

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