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Dec 30, 2013

Possible Remnants Of ISON Found By Amateur Astronomer

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Earlier we reported "Comet ISON Will Pass By Earth On New Year's Eve : NASA STEREO".

The sausage-like glow running from upper left to lower right in this negative image may the dusty remains of Comet ISON as photographed on Dec. 29 from Hawaii. The blue dot shows the predicted position of the comet; the green type gives the names of stars. Click to enlarge. Credit: Hisayoshi Kato
Image Source : http://stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov/comet_ison/
But on 2 December 2013, the CIOC announced that Comet ISON had fully disintegrated, though NASA continues to investigate the possibility that an inactive fragment could have survived. The Hubble Space Telescope failed to detect fragments of ISON on 18 December 2013.

Now in interesting twist amateur Astronomer possible found ISON.

According to him "I tried imaging of the ephemeris of C/2012 S1 ISON at 11,000 feet above sea level. There looked to be some faint and vast elongated object near the direction on the frame showing some amount of IFN, integrated flux nebulae, though I can not confirm it the remnant of the comet. The object was faint as IFN."

Source : http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/comets-ml/conversations/topics/23058

Comet ISON revolves around the sun in steeply inclined orbit. Earth will pass through the plane of that orbit on Jan. 16. As we look “up” toward the comet, ISON’s dust stacks up along our line of sight and could appear temporarily brighter. Credit: solarsystemscope.com with annotations and additions by Bob King
Even NASA jumps on board and tweeted above ISON image as possible confirmation of Comet ISON remnants.


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