Will Comet ISON Live Up To The Hype?

Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by LibraryAdministration

Hubble Space Telescope composite image of ISON

On November 28th Comet ISON will get to within 730,000 miles above the surface of the sun where it will be scorched by extremely high temperatures.  ISON should be visible to the unaided eye a few weeks before that, but will the comet survive its close (relatively speaking) encounter with the sun?  The Comet may very well break up long before that, and no one is quite certain what the celestial visitor will do. What everyone agrees on, though, is that Comet ISON has the potential to be one of the most exciting astronomical events of the century!

Comets have long been a source of wonder, and dread, ever since we began looking at the skies.  Up until just a few hundred years ago the appearance of a comet was believed to foretell death and destruction.  Today, we know these visitors from the Oort Cloud are made primarily of rock, ice and frozen gas that make a long trip (or trips) into the inner solar system.

The National Science Foundation is requesting your photos of Comet ISON: