Comet ISON Disintegrates on Pass by Sun

Scientists hoped the comet would give them a snapshot of the atmosphere billions of years ago.
3:00 | 11/28/13

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you. Look over my shoulder here this evening. This is the comet so many were watching, the so called comet of the century. Thousands in fact tweeting about it on this thanksgiving. Reporter: All eyes were on that comet called ison. Traveling on its way to the sun. 1:37 eastern time. That was expected to pass fewer than 737,000 miles from the sun's surface, sling shot around around head back again. Scientists had been tracking it and hoping that by studying it would give them a snapshot of the atmosphere billions of years ago. We're going to find out about what the solar system was like. Reporter: Was it approached the sun today, temperatures up to 5,000 degrees fahrenheit, it seemed to disappear. Scientists are examining the data but they believe it most likely did not survive that journey. There were more than 11,000 tweets about the comet in one hour this afternoon. One star gazer tweeting rip come met ison. We'll never forget.

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