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Comet ISON: Is Potential 'Comet of the Century' Already Fizzling Out?

It doesn't look like Comet ISON will live up to the considerable hype, one researcher says. Full story

'Comet of the Century' already may have fizzled out

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronomers slated to meet this week to discuss observing plans for Comet ISON may not have much to talk about. The so-called "Comet of the Century" may already have fizzled out. Full story

Comet ISON Blazes with Distant Galaxies in Stunning Hubble Photo

A spectacular new photo gives a deep-space view of Comet ISON, which could put on a dazzling show when it zooms through the inner solar system in late November. Full story

NASA Photos Show Outburst from Potential 'Comet of the Century'

A comet that could put on a dazzling show when it zooms through the inner solar system later this year is already blasting out huge amounts of gas and dust, new observations by a NASA spacecraft show. Full story

Comet of the Century? Comet ISON Faces Risky Road

About 10,000 years ago, Comet ISON left our solar system's distant shell, a region known as the Oort cloud, and began streaking toward the sun. This November, the icy wanderer will reach the climax of its journey, potentially providing a stunning skywatching show here on Earth. Full story

Did Comet Impacts Spur Life on Earth?

The impact of comets crashing into Earth's surface may have provided the energy to create simple molecules that formed the precursors to life, a new study suggests. Full story

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  Airplane gets closer view of comet PANSTARRS

Comet enthusiasts board a two-hour flight in Germany to get a closer and clearer view of the comet PANSTARRS. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  The origin of life: outer space?

There’s new evidence that suggests that a comet or meteor brought the building blocks of life to Earth. Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute joins Ed Schultz to explain the details.

  A comet to watch in 2013

Starting in November 2013, a comet named ISON will travel within 1.1 million miles from the sun, which could make it very bright. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Oct. 4: Nightly News Thursday broadcast

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  'Santa Joe' loses reindeers in rush hour traffic

A Texas man known as "Santa Joe" was transporting two reindeers named Comet and Dancer until they escaped in rush hour traffic. KPRC's Daniella Guzman has the story.

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This image of Comet ISON was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, when the comet was about 400 million miles from Earth
This image of Comet ISON was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, when the comet was about 400 million miles from Earth

This image of Comet ISON was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on April 30, when the comet was about 400 million miles from Earth

Comet ISON hurtling toward the Sun in time-lapse from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
Comet ISON hurtling toward the Sun in time-lapse from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Comet ISON hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour is captured in this time-lapse image made from a sequence of pictures taken May 8, 2013, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. At the time the images were taken, the comet was 403 million miles from Earth, between the orbits of Mars

1954, New York City, Bill Haley and His Comets
1954, New York City, Bill Haley and His Comets

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1954: 1954, New York, New York City, Bill Haley and His Comets, Clockwise from bottom center: Joey DAmbrose, Johnny Grande, Billy Willamson, Bill Haley (top, center), Marshall Lytle, Dick Richards, This is the line-up of the Comets

Comet PanSTARRS appears to the left of a slim crescent moon in Tuesday March 12, 2013 evening's western sky. The comet rounded the sun on Sunday and is now visible low in the western evening sky. This picture was made shortly after sunset near Harrells, NC. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Obsever- Joh