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NASA News: Look at the amazing moment when a comet slides into the Sun | Science News



The comet's death was captured on a camera by NASA's Solar and Heliosphere Observatory (SAFO). The comet appeared on SOHO's sensors on Wednesday, August 14, as a bright light hole. A day later, on August 15, the comet was dragged to the Sun by the star's gravitational pull. In the SOHO video, you can see the comet first appearing in the lower left corner on Wednesday night.

Then, the comet slowly flies across the screen toward the center of SOHO's view, where the sun is hiding behind the occult disc.

As the comet flies, stars are blinking in the background and dozens of other items sparing.

The comet is probably a family of icebergs known as the Kreutz Sungazers.

Sunbathing comets orbit the Sun at incredibly close distances and occasionally fly into space.

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Although most sungrazers will disappear under the strong sunshine, some are known to survive the fly.

You can see the comets sublimated by the frozen exterior lights, while leaving behind a shining gas path.

The comet's tail or coma is a dusty trace of gas illuminated by the Sun.

Blue video recordings are shot from a High Angle Spectrometer or LASCO.

The tool draws the sun to create an artificial solar eclipse within the instrument itself.

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You can still use the flashing corona of the Sun around the edges of the blurry disk.

NASA said: "The position of the solar disk is shown in white circle images.

"The most prominent features of corona are usually coronal floods, those nearly radial bands that can be seen in both C2 and C3."

Right at the top of the shining Sun is a bright source of light, which according to space astronomer Tony Phillips, is the planet Venus.

At the far left of the Sun is another bright hole – the Red Planet Mars.

NASA said: "Many sunbathing comets follow a similar orbit, called the Kreutz Trail, and collectively belong to a population called the Krutz Group.

"In fact, nearly 85 percent of the sunshine seen by the SOHO satellite is on this orbital highway.

"Scientists think an extremely large sun comet has erupted hundreds, even thousands, of years, and the current comets on the Kreutz trail are the remaining fragments of it."


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