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Comet Ison

PHOTOS: 500 Years Of Greatest Comets Ever Seen

SPACE.com | Joe Rao | Posted 12.26.2013 | Science

When Comet ISON was discovered and a preliminary orbit for it was worked out, it was initially announced that it could be the "comet of the century....

WATCH: What Really Happened To Comet ISON?

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 12.11.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comet ISON, once optimistically called the comet of the century, is dead, the victim of a way-too-close brush with the sun. It was...

Did Comet Survive After All?

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 11.29.2013 | Science

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentiall...

What Happened To The Comet?

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 01.28.2014 | Science

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Once billed as the comet of the century, Comet ISON apparently was no match for the sun. Images from NASA spacecraft showed the co...

Comet ISON of the Season

Dr. Tyler Nordgren | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Dr. Tyler Nordgren

Comet ISON is now two days away from a close encounter with the Sun, an encounter that it very well may not survive. On Thursday ISON will sweep around the Sun, clearing its roiling surface by as little as 800,000 miles. After Thanksgiving, one of three fates will have come to pass.

Here's How YOU Can Spot The 'Comet Of The Century'

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.02.2013 | Science

It's a cosmic cliffhanger. Will comet ISON pull through its close encounter with the sun -- or be cooked to oblivion? As long as ISON survives on N...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-25-cometisondavid1125.jpg As astronomers who have been watching the comet know, however, the past few days -- and the next few days -- will not be the best ones to try to catch the comet.

Will 'Comet Of Century' Survive?

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the ...

WATCH: NASA Explains 'How To Cook A Comet'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Science

You don't need NASA to tell you how to cook an egg. Mac and cheese? You can handle that too. But when it comes to knowing how to "cook" a comet, NASA'...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 18-24

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-20-cometisondavideichler20.jpg In late November, Comet ISON moves its fastest as it flies from Virgo, through Libra and Scorpius, and then heads north into Ophiuchus.

LOOK: 'Comet Of The Century' Dances Through Constellations

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

Grab your binoculars, stargazers. Touted as the "comet of the century," Comet ISON is in full "outburst mode," having brightened dramatically over the...

LOOK: 'Comet Of Century' Lightens Up

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.15.2013 | Science

Get ready for a stellar show. The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye according to reports from many observers. Comet ISON ...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 11-17

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-11-Davidjeichlercometison3.jpg Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the much-anticipated visitor from the distant depths of the solar system, continues to brighten and this week should reach naked-eye visibility as seen from a dark sky, away from city lights.

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 4-10

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to b...

How to See Comet ISON This Week!

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

11 Cool Facts About Comets

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The world is set to go comet crazy next month, as the highly anticipated Comet ISON comes into view. "Comet ISON has the potential to be among the ...

Comet ISON and the Meaning of Life

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The science world is turning its attention to the skies as a comet closes in that may be dramatically bright beginning next month.

WATCH: Giant Balloon Poised To Hunt 'Comet Of The Century'

Space.com | Leonard David | Posted 09.27.2013 | Science

A colossal NASA balloon is poised to carry a free-hanging gondola sky-high on a mission to take a gander at celestial grandeur: Comet ISON. Weather ...

Comet ISON: The Real Story

David J. Eicher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

Ever since astronomers discovered Comet ISON a year ago, bloggers, science writers, and soothsayers have jumped on the bandwagon, proclaiming the comet will be "as bright as the Full Moon" or, more recently, a "complete and utter dud."

August Could Be Banner Month For Skywatchers

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.03.2013 | Science

August could be a banner month for skywatchers, weather permitting. The August night sky stars the return of the potentially spectacular Comet ISON,...

Did Comets Deliver Earth's Oceans?

David J. Eicher | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
David J. Eicher

Because comets contain large amounts of water and other ices, the notion that bombardments by comets deposited much of Earth's water has seemed to be almost a measure of faith. But a variety of recent studies place this idea into a somewhat harsh context.

'Comet Of The Century' May Be Anything But

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.31.2013 | Science

It doesn't look like Comet ISON will live up to the considerable hype, one researcher says. ISON has been billed as a potential "comet of the centur...

PHOTO: 'Comet Of Century' Has Huge Outburst

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science

A comet that could put on a dazzling show when it zooms through the inner solar system later this year is already blasting out huge amounts of gas and...

Bold Balloon Mission Targets 'Comet Of Century'

Posted 04.27.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 04/26/2013 04:12 PM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists are working to loft science gear by balloon to observe the fast-appro...