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MESSENGER observes comet ISON

MESSENGER observes comet ISON
MESSENGER observes comet ISON MESSENGER observed comet ISON from its unique perspective in November 2013. On November 20, 2013, ISON made its closest approach to Mercury, about 36.2 million kilometers) from MESSENGER and 67.8 million kilometers from the Sun. The image has been slightly magnified and smoothed to enhance the faint tail of the comet. The tail was oriented at an angle to MESSENGER at the time and is foreshortened in this image; however, some faint structure can still be seen. NASA / JHUAPL / CIW

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