Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany and the Wendelstein Observatory of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany recorded subtle wing-shaped structures within ISON’s coma last weekend.

Wendelstein Observatory of the LMU/MPS

Based on previously observed behavior in other crumbling comets, they believe the wings grew when several pieces broke off the nucleus possibly during an outburst recorded on the Nov. 14.

On Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), ISON will be at its closest point from the Sun.

As I have stated  several times before, ISON could break up.  It looks like this is a distinct possibility at this point in time.  If ISON does survive its trip around the Sun, it will be more visible in the eastern sky after December 1st.  So look for it there.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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