What happened to the ‘comet of the century’? Nasa begins search for fragments of ISON after close encounter with the sun There is a 90 per cent probability that ISON was destroyed in NovemberBut there is a slim chance it left pieces that will be large enough to studyNasa’s STEREO spacecraft will search for bright ISON fragments this weekIts recently launched MAVEN spacecraft may observe ISON next week‘I believe we will no longer see a brilliant display of ISON,’ ESA’s Gerhard Schwehm told MailOnlineBy Ellie Zolfagharifard Published: 13:19 GMT, 6 December 2013 | Updated: 19:34 GMT, 6 December 2013 e-mail 57 View When the ‘comet of the century’ ISON swung perilously close to the sun last month, scientists were left stumped as to whether it had survived. Most astronomers now believe that the comet was destroyed by solar heat with Nasa stating a 90 per cent chance of this having happened.What they believe now remains from its original 0.62 mile (1km) nucleus are 10 metre pieces of rubble. Click on the bottom right of this image to enlarge… Enlarge Nasa said that it will monitor Ison for the next several weeks to see if anything has survived. Its STEREO spacecraft… Read full this story
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