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Comet ISON

Comet ISON heading away from the sun



Comet ISON: Comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun. (© AP Photo: NASA)
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  • Comet ISON: Comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun. (© AP Photo: NASA)
  • Comet ISON: Comets, asteroids and meteors (© Reuters Graphic)
  • Comet ISON: Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured Thursday, Nov. 28. (© AP Photo: ESA & NASA)
  • Comet ISON: At left, Comet ISON approaches the sun on Monday, Nov. 25. (© AP Photo: NASA)
  • Comet ISON: Comet ISON shines brightly in this image taken Nov. 19. (© AP Photo: NASA, Cameron McCarty)
  • Comet ISON: Comet ISON shows off its tail in this 3-minute exposure. (© AP Photo: NASA, Aaron Kingery)
  • Comet ISON: Comet ISON shines in this 5-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Nov. 8. (© AP Photo: NASA, Aaron Kingery)
  • Comet ISON: A Hubble Space Telescope image taken Oct. 9 shows the Comet ISON's solid nucleus. (© AP Photo: NASA)
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A smaller, paler version of Comet ISON may have survived incineration in the sun's corona and may be brightening, scientists have said. In this combination of three images provided by NASA, comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29. ISON was not visible during its closest approach to the sun, so many scientists thought it had disintegrated, but images like this one from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory suggest that a small nucleus may still be intact.

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