Comet Ison: Perihelion is now

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Nice video here, along with a sky map telling you where to look in the early morning. Instructions for viewing it in daylight here – wear sunglasses and take their advice to use a stationary object, not your thumb, to block the sun. And latest images here. I am going out now with my trusty camera and looking for a lamp post, but it may be too close to the sun already.

Update: Here is a remarkable picture from the Nasa site above, taken on November 25.

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From what I’ve seen and heard today (11/28), the comet has been thoroughly dissipated by the sun’s radiation. (Frown..)

Yes, the Beeb has just reported that the comet was apparently destroyed by the sun’s heat and tidal forces. But cheer up! Next fall a comet will fly by Mars, and the European Space Agency will land a probe on another comet.

JimboK said:

From what I’ve seen and heard today (11/28), the comet has been thoroughly dissipated by the sun’s radiation. (Frown..)

“Thoroughly dissipated” may have been jumping the gun. According to Phil Plait, it looks like ISON reappeared from it’s trip around the Sun somewhat intact! (Update Nov 28, 23:30 UTC)

The relatively short lifespan of comets is one of the young-earth (young solar system, young Universe) creationist talking points. That and Saturn’s rings. How is it possible that the solar system (and hence Earth) is ancient, when comets are clearly consumed on each pass and can’t possibly have been going for more than a few dozen passes?

Oort cloud? Another Darwinist speculation! It hasn’t been observed. Why would comets mysteriously start falling from such a “cloud” anyway?

Unless, of course, it’s the angels pushing them.

On Comet, On Dasher, On Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid, Rudolph…

(All of them female, apparently… )

Re “Why would comets mysteriously start falling from such a “cloud” anyway?”

Mysteriously start falling?

Why would anybody think that hasn’t been happening all along? Sure, the ones we see today aren’t the same ones that came around a billion years ago, but so what?

The thing about the so-called “cloud” is that things in it are orbiting, and sometimes collide with each other, or pass close enough to cause one of them to lose speed and drop into a lower (or more elliptical) orbit. It may be chaotic, and hard to keep a close eye on from here, but not really mysterious.

Henry

Looks like the comet survived – Nasa has posted a nice movie here, along with 3 still shots. You can see 2 curved tails as the comet approaches the sun, then it disappears for a little while and emerges, but as a shadow (sorry) of its former self.

Henry J said: The thing about the so-called “cloud” is that things in it are orbiting, and sometimes collide with each other, or pass close enough to cause one of them to lose speed and drop into a lower (or more elliptical) orbit. It may be chaotic, and hard to keep a close eye on from here, but not really mysterious.

Did this remind anybody else of Russell’s Teapot?

Prove I’m wrong.

Did this remind anybody else of Russell’s Teapot?

Prove I’m wrong.

Wrong about what? You didn’t say anything! ;)

Henry

I tried a couple times to see this comet on approach, but was unsuccessful b/c I live in cloudy Michigan. Looks like it will be harder in December. But I have seen two comets (Hale-Bopp, and Haley’s), so oh well.

Let us not forget comet Love-Joy, which is said to be visible by binoculars. Here is some info

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