Sun Fires a Giant Flare Just as a Comet Dives Into It (Video)

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Posted August 20, 2013 by Johnny2x in Science

Space is a wacky place!

Once in awhile you get an amazing image of a solar flare and once in awhile you get a cool video of a sun diving comet.

Once in awhile yo get both, at the same time…

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From spaceweather.com:

In the final frames of the movie, the comet can be seen furiously vaporizing. Indeed, those were the comet’s final frames. It did not emerge again from its flyby of the hot sun. “With a diameter of perhaps a few tens of meters, this comet was clearly far too small to survive the intense bombardment of solar radiation,” comments Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab, who studies sungrazing comets.

The CME (coronal mass ejection) came from an explosion on the farside of the sun. Although the CME and the comet appear to intersect, there was probably no interaction between the two. The comet is in the foreground and the farside CME is behind it.

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