ISON is GONE...
Posted 28 November 2013 - 02:48 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 05:13 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:43 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 10:35 PM
I'm not sure I'd count it dead yet. The latest SOHO C3 image appears to show the head brightening again as it is leaving.
Per Phil Plait @ Bad Astronomy...
"That looks like debris to me, or at best a very small and pale reflection of the splendor of what ISON was."
I guess we'll just wait and see. Something is better than nothing, and nothing is what everyone monitoring the approach with images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory Spacecraft said we were left with. All the SDO images of the approach, perihelion, and departure of Comet ISON showed NO comet at all.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:09 PM
...you can load up the last 130 LASCO C3 images, and then as you watch the loaded movie you can see the head of ISON become smaller and dimmer in the last few frames of the approach. So it seems that it must have either broken or burned up such that what we see coming out from the blocked disc of the Sun is rather small in comparison to the much larger comet we watched approaching the Sun in those first few frames...
Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:16 PM
Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:42 PM
Seems a little anti climatic after a billion year journey.
Well, I think it actually might have been very climactic for the comet!
Edit: According to the latest SOHO images linked above, ISON is still with us. Time will tell...
Posted 29 November 2013 - 05:59 AM
Posted 29 November 2013 - 06:31 AM
Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:37 AM
Hope is good...
Posted 29 November 2013 - 12:03 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 03:43 AM
Yeah, the latest LASCO C3 movie frames are promising...
Now that a few more frames have been loaded, I have to say that promise is turning to pessimism for me. It almost "fades to blue" there at the end. It's true that I don't really know how to translate the LASCO C3 image to the same image behind an eyepiece of a binocular or telescope, but after watching the image fade so quickly after leaving the Sun, it's hard to get too excited about what the near future holds for it...
Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:07 AM
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Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:21 PM
Great view with long tail using Fuji 10x50s.