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Part of the comet survived its solar encounter. But is it enough to be visible to the naked eye?

Can you see the (faint) remnants of Comet ISON?

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    Daniel Martins
    Digital Reporter

    Saturday, November 30, 2013, 11:52 AM -

    First Comet ISON was supposed to be the defining comet of our generation, as it prepared to approach the surface of our sun.

    Then last week, it appeared to be a bust, apparently disintegrating beneath the sun's heat and sheer gravitational force.

    But soon after, it seemed something survived, although perhaps not at spectacular is it might have been, and it might juuuuuust be visible to the naked eye for a few days from tomorrow onward - maybe.

    The European Space Agency says the comet's nucleus, while intact, is much, much smaller than it was.

    If ISON is indeed visible to the naked eye, it will either be very faint, or require the use of at least binoculars to see.

    This astronomy blog has tips on how to find ISON in the night sky, best visible in the east-southeast sky before dawn, beginning Sunday, December 1.

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