R.I.P. Ison (UPDATE: Maybe not)

Ison hat die Umrundung der Sonne nicht überlebt. Mach's gut, Komet des Jahrhunderts, hat wohl nich' sollen sein. Oben so circa der Zeitpunkt, an dem es ihn zerrissen hat, rechts nochmal das Bild von Ison vor zwei Wochen.

Comet Ison was severely battered in its encounter with the Sun, and largely destroyed. Telescopes saw the giant ball of ice and dust disappear behind the star, but only a dull streamer emerge. Astronomers continued to search for the object, but it eventually became clear that the much vaunted "Comet of the Century" had gone out with a whimper. Despite its great size, Ison was probably torn apart in the immense heat and tidal forces so close to the Sun.

The European Space Agency's experts on the Soho Sun-watching satellite called the death of the comet at about 21:30 GMT. "Our Soho scientists have confirmed, Comet Ison is gone," Esa's twitter feed announced.

BBC: Comet Ison destroyed in Sun passage
NASA: Comet ISON Fizzles as it Rounds the Sun

[update] Mike Hankey: Comet ISON Survived

heise.de: Komet ISON nach Sonnenannäherung: Noch nicht am Ende...