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ISON has deadly close encounter with sun

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 01:29

Nov. 28 - A comet scientists were hoping would eventually be visible to the naked eye, is believed to have been vaporized after flying too close to the sun. Deborah Gembara reports.

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ISON --- we hardly knew you. The comet scientists hoped would light up the sky with its brilliant tail may have passed too close to the sun. SOUNDBITE: Astrophysicist Karl Battams saying: "It's some pretty awesome stuff. We haven't seen anything like this before. I do suspect that the comet has broken up and has died but ISON has surprised us a lot over the past few months so let's at least give it a couple more hours before we start writing the obituary." The comet, which was moving faster than 217 miles per second as it approached the sun, is believed to have been vaporized. What isn't clear at this point is whether the heat destroyed the entire comet. The one thing scientist Do know about ISON is that it is no ordinary comet. SOUNDBITE: Astrophysicist Karl Battams saying: "ISON is just weird. It has behaved unpredictably at times with, when it's done something strange, we've spent some time scratching our heads, figuring out ok, what's it doing, and then when we think we know what it's doing, and we think we can predict what it's then going to do, it goes and does something different." If in fact, any of ISON did survive the close encounter, it should be visible to the naked eye in the next week or so.

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ISON has deadly close encounter with sun

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 01:29