In this time-lapse image from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, Comet ISON comes in from the bottom right and moves out toward the upper right, getting fainter and fainter.
At one point, scientists had hoped it would survive its close encounter with the sun and put on a spectacular show for Earth during the first weeks of December as it continued streaking through the sky. But alas, ISON appears to have burned up in the sun's extreme heat, and a top ISON watcher has declared the comet DOA.
December 6, 2013 12:34 PM PST
Photo by: ESA/NASA/SOHO/SDO/GSFC
| Caption by: James Martin
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