2013 Comet ISON: Science Channel to Have Exclusive Documentary on Comet ISON's Trip Across the Solar System

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | December 4, 2013 4:04 PM EST

The Science Channel will exclusively feature the Comet ISON's trip across the solar system in a documentary called "Super Comet ISON 2013." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network's science special will tell the full story on the life cycle of Comet ISON from its first spotting in September 2012 to its closest flyby to the Sun.

The "Super Comet ISON 2013" special will include as well the images of the comet's path that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA's Goddard Space Center and the other worldwide leading observatories captured. A team of distinguished astronomers and astrophysicists will be sharing their insights on the rare space phenomenon like Lowell Observatory comet scientist Dr. Matthew Knight, Naval Research Lab astrophysicist Karl Battams and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab senior scientist Dr Carey Lisse.

"There are very few events that create true global moments - happenings that touch every human on Earth and bind us together. The passing of Comet ISON is one of those moments," Debbie Adler Myers, the general manager and Executive Vice President at Science Channel, stated. Dan Riskin will host the "Super Comet ISON 2013" feature scheduled to debut on Saturday, December 7, at 10 p.m. on the Science Channel.

After Comet ISON's close flyby to the Sun last November 28, the Sydney Morning Herald report claims the comet may have disintegrated and left only a dust trail that will also fade away over time. "We will have to wait a bit to see how this thing behaves in the next couple of days and weeks," Gerhard Schwehm, the European Space Agency (ESA) comet expert Gerhard Schwehm, stated.

The comet expert added: "It looks like the nucleus disintegrated and what you see is basically the... remains." The top question on whether there is still a chance to see Comet ISON in the sky this December, the National Geographic reports all that is left is just a dust cloud becoming more diffuse.

Experts have concluded that when it comes to viewing the comet's remains, only wide-angle shots from dark skies can pick up some of the fuzzy pieces and experienced astrophotographers will be able to capture the fading Comet ISON during the crack of dawn in early December. The naked-eye display is already out of the question.

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