Is it just me, or does anyone else notice in the loop above posted by Dave M. notice that just after the coronal mass ejection directed toward ISON a couple days ago, it brightens considerably and then breaks apart? I am by no means an expert at looking at these SOHO video clips, but that is what I am seeing. Could it be that it actually broke apart due to the CME, then dimmed, and several chunks or at least one chunk has survived the passage?
Here is an updated clip that might show it better:
Note that the clip above is missing clips from around 0900 to 1200 UT which is unfortunate because that would appear to be the timeframe when ISON actually passed through the initial CME "blastwave". Does anyone know how I could look up that particular timeframe on the SOHO clips?
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