Science and Technology : Comet ISON Before and After

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    Sungrazing Comet ISON reached perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun, yesterday, November 28, at 18:45 UT. The comet passed just over 1 million kilometers above the solar surface, a distance less than the diameter of the Sun. These two panels follow ISON before (right) and after its close approach, imaged by the LASCO instrument onboard the Sun staring SOHO spacecraft. Overwhelming sunlight is blocked by LASCO's central occulting disk with a white circle indicating the Sun's positon and scale. The bright comet is seen along its path at the bottom of the before panel, but something much fainter exits near the top of the after panel, potentially a dust tail reforming from the debris left from ISON'sperihelion passage.


    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/
     
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    I was hoping to see this yesterday, I believe they were saying we should have been able to see it with a naked eye, I didn't see Jack
    or ISON
    Lol
     
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    :running: that sucker is moving fast......
     
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    ISON was visible in areas near the equator, according to a friend of mine in Kenya, who stated earlier today that it had broken down.
     
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    all that energy for free if we could just learn how to capture it.......
     
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    we a little bit away from dyson spheres yet.
    however you can see the enegy flowing in the images.
    we just need some real science to learn how to capture it.
     
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    Hah, I read too much hard cyberpunk. :)
     
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