Today I looked at the setting sun from Torbay Point.

In my mind’s eye I imagined how comet ISON was flying towards it at this very moment, shedding its outer layers in the scorching heat, being shaken to the core on its final approach. If the extreme stress of this solar encounter proves too great, ISON may lose its long tail or even disintegrate entirely. But if the comet survives, we can all look forward to seeing it in our morning and evening sky throughout much of December!

I’ve been waiting for this moment for quite a while, so I’m very excited!

For this picture, a Bald Eagle was kind enough to play the part of comet ISON:

Eagle flies into the sunset - Cobbler Path

Eagle flies into the sunset – Cobbler Path

More on the fate of comet ISON in the coming days…

UPDATE / December 1st 2013

Alas, Comet ISON will not be making the long awaited appearance in our morning and evening sky…

When it flew around the sun, it lost much of its tail, much of its mass, and appeared to be gone in the early hours after that event. After a while it was picked up again by cameras, showing two new tails and a little brighter, but then it rapidly faded into little more than a glowing cloud. So sad!