The comet that came in from the cold

By Thanksgiving 2013, Comet ISON will either slingshot around the sun or be ripped apart

By Science News for Students, 12:16 PM November 11, 2013

A chunk of frozen rock and ice about the size of a mountain is hurtling toward the sun. By the end of November 2013, this Comet ISON will get perilously close to our star. Astronomers don't yet know if the sun’s gravity will rip apart the comet or boomerang it back into space. It’s also unclear how much of a spectacle ISON will offer stargazers. But for astronomers, the comet is already providing a brief, unprecedented glimpse of what the infant solar system looked like.

 

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