Will icy comet survive close shave with sun?

2013-11-25 11:38
Comet Ison shows off its tail in this three-minute exposure. (File, AP)

Comet Ison shows off its tail in this three-minute exposure. (File, AP)

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Cape Canaveral - It's almost showtime for Comet Ison (EYE'-sahn).

For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at this comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the sun.

The moment of truth comes on Thursday.

The sun-grazing comet may fry and shatter, victim of the sun's incredible power. Or it might endure and quite possibly put on one fabulous celestial show.

Should it survive, Comet Ison would be visible with the naked eye through December, at least from the Northern Hemisphere. It already has dazzled observers and is considered the most scrutinised comet ever by Nasa. But the best is, potentially, yet to come.

Ison was detected just over a year ago and is passing through the inner solar system for the first time.

Read more on:    nasa  |  us  |  space

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