Everyone on NASA's special Thanksgiving Google hangout announced the death of Comet ISON after it traveled around the sun. Much to our dismay, of course. The comet's remnants can now be seen breaking through to the other side.
"It's not looking good for ISON in my opinion," Slate's Phil Plait said during NASA's Google hangout on Thursday. Some of NASA's top star-gazers — like, the ones who have telescope measuring contests — gathered to watch the Comet ISON make its first and possibly only trip around the sun. "That's kind of my assessment too," added astrophysicist Karl Battams, the head of NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign. ISON travelled dangerously close to the star, and many didn't expect it to survive. If ISON came out the other side unscathed, the comet would travel travel close enough to earth to dazzle and dance for us puny humans in December.
Per Gizmodo, this GIF shows ISON's trajectory before disappearing. But the comet had averted death once before. Just this week, all signs said ISON broke up during its approach towards the sun. Scientists lost sight of the comet, which was unfortunate. At that point ISON wasn't close enough to generate real interest. But ISON miraculously survived and NASA didn't have to cancel its holiday party. So, hope could spring eternal once more!