BY | December 1, 2013

 

Gaze of the whole space world is still fixed at it. Dead comet ISON, Dec 1 update 2 shows that ‘comet of the century’ may still be alive.

Not much is still known about the presumed dead comet ISON. Latest update suggest that comet of the century has its nucleus torn apart and destroyed by a rampaging Sun that gave it the worst treatment when it came rather too close to the Sun with its full might. But there are many scientists and astronomers across the world who still believe that the comet is not dead and that they will see it glowing brightly when it comes out of the Sun’s shadow.

Most of the people who have been keeping track of the huge comet that looks awfully big for a comet thought that somehow this comet will withstand its encounter with the Sun and come out with its mass intact. But so far scientists are sort of unsure as to how much has been left of the comet of the century. But everyone is sure that the comet ISON must have been left with its size substantially reduced, though they still differ on how big it is at the moment.

Right now there is no clear word as far as the comet ISON is concerned. With the latest development, the confusion in the space circles has particularly gone up. Many scientists and astronomers are still trying to figure out as to what happened with the comet ISON. Professor Tim O’Brien says, “To all intents and purposes it looked like it had gone, and then amazingly this thing appears out the other side…What we don’t know is whether the whole thing fell apart and whether the dust that was embedded within the ice is just basically in a big cloud and that is continuing to orbit…The question is, is it just a cloud of dust … or is there still either one or more remnants of the nucleus”.

Now United States’ space agency is keeping its gaze fixed at the comet to know its fate. On the other hand NASA that came out with several pictures of the comet ISON when it came too close with the Sun, showed its as a bright ball of fire. The spectacle forced many a people to conclude that with such close encounter with the Sun and the fact that it consists of ice too, there was no point in arguing that it will be able to its own and come out from the shadow of the sun intact.  But latest reports suggest that amazingly this very thing has happened and that Comet ISON has finally survived to live another day. The comet was travelling at a speed of around a million kilometer per hour. Reports suggest that the comet of the century passed 730,000 miles above the sun’s 6,000C surface on last evening. Latest reports suggest that the sun would have heated the ISON 3,000°C that leaves everything vaporise even rock. Many said that it was the final nail in the coffin of the comet ISON. A leading astronomer Tom Kerss said, “It would be an absolutely hellish environment, there’s never been a better time to use the words ‘snowball’s chance in hell”. Sun’s impact is still unclear on the comet ISON and it will take a few days to know if it comes out unscathed.

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