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Science Channel to Document Comet ISON's Journey (Exclusive)
From its first spotting in September 2012 to its final journey past the sun, comet ISON's 4.5 trillion-mile trek across the solar system has been an unsolved mystery since its start millions of years ago -- now Science Channel says it has the full story.
The network’s new special Super Comet ISON 2013 will detail what is being called one of the most significant celestial events in history with exclusive images of the comet’s path caught by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and other leading observatories across the globe.
With the help of a team of world-renowned astronomers and astrophysicists including Lowell Observatory comet scientist Dr. Matthew Knight, Naval Research Lab astrophysicist Karl Battams and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab senior scientist Dr. Carey Lisse, the special will feature extensive historical coverage of comet ISON’s long-running flight. NASA’s Goddard Space Center has also captured never-before-seen views of the celestial phenomenon with the use of an interplanetary network of HD cameras.
Science Channel says the special will tell "the entire story in the life cycle of the comet."
“There are very few events that create true global moments – happenings that touch every human on Earth and bind us together. The passing of Comet ISON is one of those moments,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vp at Science Channel.
Hosted by Dan Riskin, Super Comet ISON 2013 will debut on Science Channel at 10 p.m. Dec. 7.