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.
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.
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.