The photo, taken with the TRAPPIST national telescope at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows Comet ISON streaking through space in the early hours of Nov. 15, a brilliant blue cloud of material surrounding its core.

The comet is in the home stretch of its first-ever trip through the inner solar system and will pass just 730,000 miles of the sun's surface next week. 

If the comet survives that close pass, it could put on a great show for skywatchers throughout early December, experts say. But folks hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet ISON don't need to wait until next month; after two outbursts earlier this month, the comet became visible to the naked eye low in the east-southeast sky just before dawn.