Comet ISON seen through UT telescopes

(WBIR-Knoxville) - Telescopes at the University of Tennessee on Wednesday morning were pointed toward the sky looking for Comet ISON.

It was visible through a telescope between about 5:45 a.m. and daylight.

WBIR 10News was able to capture images of the comet from UT's telescope.

Paul Lewis, the Director of Space Science Outreach at UT, found the comet that is traveling toward the sun. According to NASA, Comet ISON is just 730,000 miles above the suns surface.

In the past few days Lewis says the comet has gotten significantly brighter, and he says if it survives its trip around the sun it could be a spectacular sight the first week of December.

Lewis says ISON started trip from the Oort cloud. He adds the Comet ISON is a pristine comet meaning this is its first trip around the sun and the comet is still made of pristine matter from the earliest days of the solar system's formation.


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