This Is Our Solar System's Very Own Fireworks Display

While there will be plenty of fireworks later today for our Amerifriends, it's nice to know that our very own solar system will be putting on a show for the rest of us — with comet ISON hurting toward the Sun at a staggering 77,248 kph.

Unlike the fireworks you'll launch, this comet isn't burning — in fact it's pretty cold. As the comet moves closer to the sun it'll warm up, its rate of sublimation will increase, and it will appear brighter and its tail longer — and by November you'll be able to see it with your naked eye. [NASA]

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team

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