Green Comet ISON to Survive Close Encounter with Sun, Blazing by Earth

October 10, 2013 10:46 AM

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It's still up in the air whether or not the blazing comet ISON will become the "comet of the century." Yet new details are coming out that seem to indicate that the comet will be putting on quite a show for stargazers here on Earth. Scientists have discovered that it's likely that ISON will survive its close encounter with the sun as it blazes past, which means that we should get a spectacular view of the phenomenon from our planet.

The comet was first discovered on September 21 2012. Russian astronomers spotted ISON using a telescope with the International Scientific Optical Network. At the time, the researchers predicted that the comet would fly past the sun at a distance of just 2.7 solar radii.

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