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Comet ISON is seen in this five-minute exposure taken at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) on November 8 at 5:40 a.m. EST (1040 GMT), courtesy of NASA. REUTERS/Aaron Kingery/NASA/MSFC

Incoming Comet ISON heading for close encounter with sun

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By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A comet is heading for a close encounter with the sun later this month, and if it is not vaporized or torn apart, it should be visible to the naked eye in December.

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Comet ISON is expected to pass just about 621,000 miles (1 million km) from the sun's surface on November 28.

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