Oct 22 (): In a stunning great photo sent to SPACE.com recently, Comet ISON blazes in green through the night sky on its dangerous journey towards the sun.
The stunning photo was captured by Astrophotographer Adam Block using a SBIG STX16803 CCD camera with a 32-inch Schulman Telescope placed at the top of Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter on the morning of October 8.
In the amazing snap, Comet ISON shines green. The comet was discovered last year by a couple of amateur Russian astronomers when it made its way from the cold and distant comet refractory called the Oort Cloud. Astronomers say this trip is its maiden voyage to the inner solar system.
Scientists are observing the Comet ISON with a phalanx of instruments on the ground and in space and its journey through the inner solar system.
Comet ISON flew past the Mars on Tuesday (October 1); now the comet is gearing up for a close solar approach that will bring the icy wanderer within 724,000 miles (1.16 million kilometres) of the sun’s surface on November 28. If ISON manages to stay intact, it could put on a memorable sky show around that time, experts say.
Recent photos of Comet ISON captured on October 9 by the Hubble Space Telescope showed that the nucleus of the comet is still intact during its trip into the inner solar system.
In a photo captured by Hubble on April 30, 2013, the icy visitor, with its long gossamer tail, appears to be swimming like a tadpole through a deep pond of celestial wonders. It appeared like floating against an apparently infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful of foreground stars.
As per fresh updates, Comet ISON on October 18 continues to brighten slowly but steadily. It is now about 10th magnitude, with a condensed head and a narrow, straight tail.