Watch the comet ISON streak across the sky

Credit: NASA

As Americans were celebrating Independence Day yesterday and watching pyrotechnics dance across the skies, NASA released images from the Hubble telescope of the comet ISON making a fireworks show of its own. Using time-lapse photography, NASA also created a video showing the speeding comet as it covered 34,000 miles in just 43 minutes.

At the time these images were taken, the comet was between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, 403 million miles away from Earth. As it gets closer to the sun, it will heat up and its tail of gas and dust will grow as the ice of its center begins to evaporate faster.

If you would like to see the comet ISON for yourself, though, it will be bright enough to be seen by the naked eye in November of this year.


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