November 2013

In ISON's Wake, a Trail of Questions

I always find that writing the first line in a blog post is the hardest, and this has never been truer that now as I struggle to decide where I should even begin. My @SungrazerComets Twitter feed, and my email accounts, are all blowing up with questions about comet ISON. Many of them have already been answered, and many of them have unsatisfying answers, but I'll do my best. First, a little personal note...

The Art of Breaking Up: Fragmentation vs. Disintegration

Originally written 2013 Nov 28:

Schrödinger's Comet

I'll just say this upfront right now: whatever you read in the following blog post, please feel free to assume it is completely incorrect and the truth is actually quite contrary to what I'm saying. It has been - and continues to be - one of those days.

Hanging On By Its Fingernails...

Very quick update

No pretty pics or detailed analysis tonight. It has been a long day for me, and tomorrow will be even longer. But it will also be possibly the most exciting day of my career, and leaves me much like a child on Christmas Eve, waiting for Santa to bring the gifts!

When Will We Know?

Experiencing Kitt Peaks and Valleys as ISON Takes Us On A Ride

The McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory on the morning on November 26, 2013. [Image credit: Karl Battams]

Your chance to ask the experts about Comet ISON

As Comet ISON nears its very close encounter with our sun in the early afternoon (EST) on Nov. 28, there are two chances to find out the latest about the comet from the scientists who have been studying ISON since its discovery just one year ago.

Your Half-time Report

I sit writing this at 38,000ft as I head out to Kitt Peak to join my fellow CIOC-ers Matthew and Casey for perihelion observations of Comet ISON, and I find myself having an early moment of reflection.