Comet ISON approaches sun for Thanksgiving flyby

Ancient traveler could stay intact or break up

By Gabriel Popkin, 15:56 PM November 27, 2013

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As Comet ISON nears the end of its several-million-year journey toward the sun, NASA and the European Space Agency’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory has provided a view of its approach. The observatory and other telescopes will watch closely as the comet rounds the sun on Thanksgiving Day.

Scientists are eager to know whether the comet will survive or disintegrate; predictions of both fates have flown around over recent months. Astronomers believe ISON holds clues about the sol...

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