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Hold the obituary. Experts now think Comet ISON -- or at least part of it -- survived its close encounter with the sun.
Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, said it is believed some parts of ISON's nucleus survived perihelion.
"It now looks like some chunk of ISON's nucleus has indeed made it through the solar corona, and re-emerged," he said. "It's throwing off dust and (probably) gas, but we don't know how long it can sustain that."
However, he said, its fate is uncertain.
"Now it has emerged and started to brighten, we need to observe it for a few days to get a feel for its behavior," Battams said.
Comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun on Thursday, November 28. Scientists initially thought the comet had been disintegrated by the sun, but images suggest a small nucleus may still be intact.
Hold the Obituary - Comet ISON Shows Signs of Life
ISON's fate is "uncertain" but it's not dead yet. Professional and amateur astronomers persisted, and found evidence ISON survived.
Comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun on Thursday, November 28. ...
"From the beginning, ISON has confused, surprised and amazed us, and in hindsight its latest little escapade really should not shock us," Battams said. "Nonetheless, this has been one of the most extraordinary comets we have ever encountered, and just goes to reiterate how beautiful, dynamic and exciting our universe is."
..."What we see here is the dust tail emerging first, pointing away from the sun," said Padma Yanamandra-Fisher with the Space Science Institute and a member of the ISON Observing Campaign.
...The discovery stunned many in the comet-watching community and led some to nickname ISON the zombie comet.
Others repeated an old joke about comets and cats.
"Comets are like cats; they have tails, and they do precisely what they want," David H. Levy said.
Phage was fairly certain it was dead.
I hope to God it is dead as Im pretty sure Phage being proven wrong is 1 of the signs that the apocalypse is upon usedit on 29/11/2013 by IkNOwSTuff because: (no reason given)
reply to post by TheStev
...I hope Phage or another expert can tell us exactly what we're seeing...
Phage has gone on record -repeatedly- insisting ISON is destroyed. I too, would like to hear what he says now.
But EVERY source available said it was gone at the time. I thought it was gone, too.... lots of people did.
It looks as big coming out of perihelion as itwas going in. Cheesie's buddy lives on!