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NASA releases GIF image of comet ISON

By Philaso G. Kaping | Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 23:16

Zee Media Bureau\Philaso G Kaping

New Delhi: Images of comets ISON and 2P/Encke on their journey through the solar system have been released by the US space agency.

These images, captured by NASA`s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, show ISON still intact as it trails behind 2P/Encke.

“Comet ISON entered the field of view of the HI-1 camera on NASA`s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, on Nov. 21, 2013, and the comet shows up clearly, appearing to still be intact,” said NASA.

Officially named C/2012 S1, Comet ISON was first spotted by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok 585 million miles away in September 2012.

This is ISON`s first journey into the inner solar system and will reach the perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) on 28 November (Encke has already reached the perihelion on 21 November).

NASA is inviting space enthusiasts to participate in observing the event at the popular social media site Google+Hangout.

First Published: Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 16:43
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