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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Comet ISON

Hello, astronomers! You may have heard about Comet ISON, which was discovered about a year ago by Russians and is somewhat visible right before dawn around this time (November 26th). The comet disappoints astronomers because it is not as spectacular of a sight that they were looking forward to. Part of the reason is that the comet's tail is being affected by the Sun. The video below, embedded from, details where Comet ISON is located and where it can be seen.

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  1. I liked this blog a lot! When it comes to astronomy, I'm a novice so this helped when it came to comet ISON. if it isn't to much, could you do a follow up of ISON so I can find out what happened?

    1. Thank you! I certainly can give you a follow up; sorry about the delay of my comment. In response to what happened to comet ISON, I will sum up that, according to NASA and other sources, the comet was not able to reach its full potential; ISON disintegrated once it entered the Sun's atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day (11/28). I hope that helped!

      Wonderful recap from NASA:


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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula