Hope Remains Over the Fate of Comet Ison

Nov 30 2013, 6:31am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Hope Remains Over the Fate of Comet Ison
Image Credit: NASA

There is still hope that death is not the fate of Comet Ison. The fact that after its close call with the sun’s surface a major portion of it remains is cause for optimism.

The scene had all the gravity of a tragedy. The Comet Ison was to pass close to the sun and it might not emerge in one piece from the blazing encounter. The scientists’ telescopes were pointed in the direction of the comet’s reappearance from the other side of the solar force fields. 

Ison consisted of an area that was more than two kilometers wide. And it had ice, gas and rock all mixed up in a frozen solid nucleus. When it failed to show up from the other side, it was declared dead. However, the latest photos show what appears to be the comet still travelling away from its close encounter with the fiery sun. It has taken a beating alright but it is still going strong. 

Comet Ison may be just a fragment of what it was before its tussle with the sun’s extreme temperature. While scientists have confirmed that it seems to have survived the ordeal by fire, we must be cautious about jumping to any conclusions just yet. 

The remaining portion of Ison could carry on in its journey or it could simply peter out. The comet has a history of erratic behavior. It has surprised and shocked the experts at NASA time after time. The scientists want some more time to make observations before they make a declaration to the world regarding Comet Ison.  

Source: BBC

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