Comet heading for the sun

Published On: Nov 25 2013 05:16:03 PM HST   Updated On: Nov 25 2013 08:46:17 PM HST

Waldemar Skorupa


A comet is racing toward the sun, but don't worry, it's far from doomsday.

If anything, Comet ISON may give us quite a show in the coming weeks as it moves through our solar system.

The ball of ice and dust will get close enough to the sun to pass within its atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day, when we will find out if Comet ISON will disintegrate into millions of smaller pieces or survive intact.

"No matter what, it's going to get so significantly heated that we expect dramatic things to happen and so we could be in for a good show, but you never know," said Karen Meech, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

Beginning Monday, Comet ISON is only visible through a solar telescope because it's nearing the sun.

The earliest Hawaii may see it again, or its fragments, will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, just before sunrise.

The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy has daily updates on Comet ISON.


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