Did ISON Survive? Maybe

STOCKHOLM (November 29, 2013) Scientists Friday were studying spacecraft images to try to determine whether a small part of Comet ISON survived the comet’s close encounter with the sun.

The comet at first seemed to have fallen apart as it approached the sun's sizzling surface, but new images Friday showed a streak of light that some say could indicate the comet or some small part of it survived.

U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams wrote on his blog that "it does appear that at least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece."

He cautioned that even if there is a solid nucleus, it may not survive for long.

The European Space Agency, which declared ISON's dead in a tweet late Thursday, was backtracking, saying the comet "continues to surprise."


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