Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Suicidal comet

The SOHO spacecraft captured a very bright, sungrazing comet as it rocketed towards the Sun (Mar. 12, 2010) and was vaporized. This comet is arguably the brightest comet that SOHO has observed since Comet McNaught in early 2007. The comet is believed to belong to the Kreutz family of comets that broke up from a much larger comet many hundreds of years ago. They are known to orbit close to the Sun. A coronal mass ejection (CME) burst away from the Sun during the bright comet’s approach.
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1 comment:

Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

The CME when a comet is close is very common.

The possibility is that there is a magnetic interaction?