3 December:The last word on the comet – the nucleus has apparently fragmented and after perihelion all that appeared to be left was a dust cloud which looks like it was dissapating as this series of videos show.
1 December: Comet ISON may have been broken apart by the close perihelion and might be, as they say, ‘No mas‘. Initial reports suggest that the nucleus of the comet, the solid mass, has come apart. The last images from the SOHO satellite show what appear to be fragments and a cloud of dust trailing behind and around it. If there are any remnants there may be a chance that the debris as a group reflects enough sunlight to be visible.
Click here to go to the NASA SOHO website for more information about Comet ISON.
So I loaded back up and went home where I took a few pictures from the back deck – Jupiter and the Twin Stars; a ‘new Moon in an old Moon’s arms’; and the mnemonic ‘Follow the Arc to Arcturus…’ (not enough lens width to include ‘speed to Spica”.
Tomorrow if the sky is clear I’ll set up in the same place and take pictures from that location.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.