Comet ISON – Has it survived its encounter with the Sun?

Comet ISON reached perihelion tonight and astronomers around the world waited with bated breath to see if it would survive. Most believed that the “Comet of the Century” had disintegrated but after a while certain astronomers ( myself being one of the first ) discovered that “something” had actually made it! Exeter Observatory astronomer, John Maclean, was monitoring the images coming in from the NASA Lasco-C2 satellite and noticed a faint trail exiting the Suns corona. On further inspection he realised that at least part of ISON had survived and created an animation that has gone viral and even been used by CNN! See the animation below.

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