Comet ISON: Dead? Alive? Both?

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Comet ISON: Dead? Alive? Both?
Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, December 05, 2013 11:13 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/05/tech/comet-ison-dead-or-alive/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

Sounds like an obituary for ISON, a real eulogy of sorts.

At least Lovejoy, Encke, and Linear get a little publicity out of this article.

 

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Posted by Aratus on Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:59 PM

An interesting justification for all the hype.   Comet ISON is the comet of the century because of the hype.  Big Smile

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Posted by leo731 on Friday, December 06, 2013 6:32 PM

I have to agree Aratus that his circular reasoning is a bit daft.  ISON was a sun diving comet that exists now only in our memories.  It was not a Great Comet by any stretch of the imagination.  I have seen truly spectacular comets since the 1960s and know what they look like and how the general populace is awed by them.  Now ISON might be a bit more important than the infamous Kohoutek back in 1973 because of how well studied it was as well as its singular demise, but any thoughts about greatness are merely the sighs of the solar wind.

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Posted by Timthelder on Friday, December 06, 2013 8:40 PM

I think...A comet should be deemed 'great' after the fact and not before.  ISON was very interesting at best IMO.

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