It was supposed to be the Thanksgiving comet. But it looks like starwatchers won’t have any leftovers.
NASA scientists at the Solar Dynamics Observatory just tweeted sad news:
“We do not see Comet #ISON.”
The BBC is reporting that ISON was destroyed as it disappeared behind the Sun. There were always fears that the star’s gravity could spell doom in its Icarus-like hairpin turn.
But at least one scientist holds out some hope that the comet stayed mostly in one piece and can boomerang.
“At this point, I do suspect that the comet has broken up and died,” says Karl Battams, a comet scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, who joined a NASA and Google+ chat from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona. “Let’s at least give it a couple of more hours before we start writing the obituary.”