Photos: Comet ISON May Have Survived Its Blistering Encounter

· Nov. 29, 2013, 6:28 pm

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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