Nov 28, 2013 11:14 PM by AP/Rob Perillo
UPDATE to this story...based on imagery from the NASA SOHO Space Weather imagery (click here for a gif loop) it appears that Comet Ison may have survived its close encounter with the sun...if so, it may be visible, at least with binoculars, in the pre-dawn eastern sky...fingers crossed! Rob
Prrevious AP story...
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Scientists say it appears a comet from the fringes of the solar system didn't survive its close encounter with the sizzling sun.
Images from NASA spacecraft showed Comet ISON approaching for its slingshot around the sun on Thursday, but nothing coming out on the other side.
In a Google+ hangout, U.S. Navy solar researcher Karl Battams said "ISON probably hasn't survived this journey."
Phil Plait, an astronomer who runs the "Bad Astronomy" blog, agreed, saying "I don't think the comet made it."
Still, he said, it wouldn't be all bad news if the 4.5-billion-year-old rock broke up into pieces, because astronomers might be able to study the pieces and learn more about comets.
In this frame grab taken from enhanced video made by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft, comet ISON, left, approaches the sun on Nov. 25, 2013. Comet Encke is shown just below ISON, The sun is to the right, just outside the frame. ISON, which was discovered a year ago, is making its first spin around the sun and will come the closest to the super-hot solar surface on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at 1:37 p.m. EST. (AP Photo/NASA)