US space agency NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the time-lapse sequence of Comet ISON’s movement. NASA recently released a time-lapse video which shows Comet ISON moving against the stars.
To make this video, the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope back in 2013 were used, the agency said. The Comet was speeding towards the Sun back then at a speed of 48,000 miles per hour or over 77,000 kmph.
What makes Comet ISON special?
Though several comets move towards the Sun, which puffs them up with its heat, but what made Comet ISON special? Well, ISON too travelled towards the Sun, instead of puffing itself up with the heat, it fell apart. In other words, it did not become a naked-eye comet but faded into nothing.
What happened to ISON?
COMET ISON was supposed to flyby on November 28, 2013. NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign member Karl Battams was joined by around 32,000 as ISON had a closest encounter with the Sun.
The Solar Dynamic Observatory and SOHO were providing live images of COMET ISON to the team of scientists. The ISON reached near the SUN, brightened but then faded. Battams’ colleague Matthew Knight believes that it could have been the disintegration of ISON.
The scientists saw nothing but a fan-shaped cloud. Discovered in September 2012, Comet ISON was tracked by spacecrafts before it plunged into nothingness.