On Monday, one of the leading ISON watchers, Karl Battams of the U.S. Navy’s Sungrazer Comets citizen science project and the NASA-sponsored comet ISON observing campaign, posted a eulogy for ISON, which is now believed to have disintegrated into millions of fragments as it swung around the sun, coming within a million miles of the star’s surface.
“Tragically, on November 28, 2013, ISON’s tenacious ambition outweighed its ability, and our shining green candle in the solar wind began to burn out,” Battams writes (NASA itself has since issued a statement saying that it continues to investigate ISON’s fate, but calls it “likely” that ISON is now “only dust”).
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