BY admin | November 13, 2013
Comet ISON latest November 2013 updates suggest that it is visible in USA as it races towards Sun. ISON has been dubbed the ‘Comet Of The Century’ for no small reason. Blazing boldly across the night sky, it has stayed untarnished by the increased solar activity and has become the cause of excitement for NASA scientists and amateur astronomers alike.
The comet is visible from naked eye now and for better visibility, with binoculars. Scientists are excited about the chunk of ice that is glowing its way into the imagination of scientists. NASA scientists are eager to find out how it would react to intense ultraviolet light and solar wind as the virgin space enters solar current sheet for the first time.
Diane Wooden, an astrophysicist at NASA, told the media, “We are seeing the first heating of the body and the first releasing of the volatile ices and dust grains in the sunlight. The last comet that did this in a predictable way was Comet Ikeya-Seki in 1965. When it goes too close to the sun it’s like the entire surface is released.”
Studying the reaction of the comet to sun’s activity would reveal many secrets of how solar system functioned in the early days. It is because ISON was formed in the outer-reaches of the solar system and no solar heat had reached it ever to scorch off its top layers. It stays, till now, a primeval, untarnished matter from the early days of the solar system’s history.
The comet would come within just 730,000 miles of the sun on the day before Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.
Denton Ebel, a meteorite specialist at the American Museum of Natural History, said, “It will come very, very close to the sun’s surface. We don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s what’s exciting. It could break into pieces.”
ISON was discovered by two Russian astronomers in September last year. It was 585 million miles away then. NASA had described the rock’s journey as as “perilous and violent” as it traverses the solar system.