It's implied in the film that he's somehow either passing the phone company the right signals to make his calls free
- this needs to be even mentioned on slashdot? oh dear, where has the geek cred gone? And you say 'somehow' - this was standard cracker practice back then.
Several solar observatories watched the comet throughout this closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion. While the fate of the comet is not yet established, it is likely that it did not survive the trip. The comet grew faint while within both the view of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, and the joint European Space Agency and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.
The comet was not visible at all in NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
"We didn't see Comet ISON in SDO," said Dean Pesnell, project scientist for SDO.
"So we think it must have broken up and evaporated before it reached perihelion."
While this means that Comet ISON will not be visible in the night sky in December as previously specified by NASA in this timeline of Comet ISON."
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