November 29, 2013
Astronomers tracking what they hoped would be the “comet of the century” say some of it may have survived its close encounter with the Sun.
It was first reported that the Comet Ison’s nucleus and tail had been destroyed by the Sun’s radiation and tidal forces but the European Space Agency (ESA) said the “story continues”.
The agency tweeted on Friday: “Well, well, seems reports of comet #Ison’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.”
The latest pictures appear to show a brightening of a chunk of the comet which has caused a surge in excitement among skygazers.