Photos: Comet ISON May Have Survived Its Blistering Encounter

November 29, 2013

The Comet ISON appears to have survived after disappearing and being thought dead. New NASA photos show the comet emerging from behind the sun smaller and dimmer, but still throwing a big light trail.

As we reported last night [Thursday], scientists first said there was a chance that the bright streak seen traveling away from the sun was just debris left after the comet blew apart. But after a late-night analysis, NASA now says the comet’s nucleus — or a part of it — survived its brush with the sun and is continuing on its journey.

The comet’s re-emergence has renewed hope among scientists and amateur star-gazers who wanted ISON to pass close to Earth and create a spectacular show in December’s night skies.

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