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Comet Blazes: ISON Dazzler May be Coming in November

Comet Blazes: ISON Dazzler May be Coming in November

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First Posted: Jul 27, 2013 10:43 AM EDT
Comet ISON
Could life have originated from space? It seems very likely. Scientists have discovered that comet collisions could be producing the building blocks of life, amino acids, in a type of "cosmic factory." Approaching the sun, Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful of foreground stars. (Photo : Hubble ESA/NASA)

A breathtaking new photo gives a marvelous view of Comet ISON, showing the potentials of the dazzling inner solar system, which may be visible in late November.  

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The projected image was created by researchers through a serious of five photos of ISON taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, and shows an incredible view of luminious falling stars and galaxies.

"The result is part science, part art," Josh Sokol of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., which operates Hubble, wrote in a blog post last week, via Yahoo News. "It's a simulation of what our eyes, with their ability to dynamically adjust to brighter and fainter objects, would see if we could look up at the heavens with the resolution of Hubble."

All of the images captured were taken with a Hubble's Wide Field camera 3 UVIS instrument, according to researchers, and three exposures made it possible to filter and transmit various yellow and green lights coming from the pictures.

"In general, redder things are older, more evolved, than blue things - this is true both for the crosshair-spiked stars and the smudges of distant galaxies," Sokol wrote, via a press release.

Scientists write that comet ISON will be nearing the sun at just 740,000 miles away on Nov. 28. At this time, they hope that to more closely monitor any material that may boil off ISON as it nears closer to the solar system during the following days.

Onlookers can hope for possible light show, but researchers warn that there is no guarantee that ISON will be all it's cracked up to be.

The comet, which was discovered back in September 2012, is thought to make its way into the inner solar system from the massive spherical Oort Cloud, a medium that has been greatly debated by astromers.

Either way, make sure to get keep your eyes peeled during the autumn months. You never know. 

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