Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) perihelion. All images in this film were captured by STEREO A, STEREO B and SOHO solar observatories.
Comet ISON, formally known as C/2012 S1, was a sungrazing comet discovered on 21 September 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok. Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on November 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since all but dissipated in the darkness of deep space.
Comet ISON's perilous journey was tracked closely by skywatchers, who hoped the icy wanderer would put on a great celestial show, and scientists, who watched the gases boiling off ISON to learn more about comet composition and structure.
Credit: STEREO (NASA) and SOHO (NASA & ESA).
Soundtrack: “Panoramic Dream” by Darren Leigh Purkiss (under Home / Student Productions license, provided by Audio Network).
Compiled by Mindaugas Macijauskas.