A fading Comet ISON arcs around the sun in this SOHO C2 coronagraph picture taken at 11:40 a.m. CST. Compare this picture to the one below. Credit: NASA/ESA
The end may be near for Comet ISON. The latest images show a rapidly shrinking head and even fading along the length of its tail. Yikes! So far, no amateur astronomers, even those with advanced setups, have recorded the comet in daylight. I’ve also not been able to see it in the Solar Dynamics closeup video.
Comet ISON at 10:18 a.m. today. It’s quite a bit brighter than the photo above taken a little more than an hour after. Credit: NASA/ESA
Take a look at the photos for yourself. The comet appears to be disintegrating. Here’s hoping we might see something when it emerges on the other side of the sun.
Comet ISON at 11:48 a.m. in the C2 coronagraph view from SOHO. Compare to image below shot at 12:24 p.m. right at perihelion. Credit: NASA/ESA
SOHO C2 coronagraph view of ISON at 12:24 p.m. CST at perihelion today. Notice how quickly the tail is fading. Credit: NASA/ESA
Comet ISON’s tail emerging at 1:36 p.m. CST, a little more than an hour after perihelion this afternoon photographed by SOHO’s C2 coronagraph. Credit: NASA/ESA
UPDATE 2 p.m. CST: New photo from SOHO shows a trace of the comet after it rounded the sun. It appears that ISON has lost its head (disintegrated) during the close graze with the sun.