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Category: International Scientific Optical Network

First reported by Russian amateur astronomers in September and by a lot of the specialty press at the time, and now getting a second news bounce including at one major wire service, comet ISON (for an astronomy consortium called the International Scientific Optical Network) is boring into the inner solar system as...

First reported by Russian amateur astronomers in September and by a lot of the specialty press at the time, and now getting a second news bounce including at one major wire service, comet ISON (for an astronomy consortium called the International Scientific Optical Network) is boring into the inner solar system as we sit. It appears to hail from the Oort Cloud way out there Barely pertinent aside: the OC is part of the Sun's family, is way beyond where Voyager I is now, so please again scotch the idea that said long-traveling probe is anywhere near exiting the solar system. As for ISON, its orbit will pivot around the sun just 1.2 million km or 800,000 miles from the solar surface and that's close. It's hot in there. If the experience does not cause the comet to fritter and tatter then on its way back out its bright coma and tail could be stupendous, brighter overall than...