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    Sungrazer comet about to crash into the sun

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    Sheila, Or.

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    Sungrazer comet about to crash into the sun

    Post  Sheila, Or. on Fri 12 Mar 2010, 7:07 pm

    I've seen many of these comets in past years but this is one of the larger sungrazer comets so far.



    From Spaceweather.com:

    DOOMED COMET: A newly-discovered comet is plunging toward the sun and probably will not survive. The encounter is too close to the sun for human eyes to see, but the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is able to monitor the action using an opaque disk to block the sun's glare. Click on the image to launch a 12-hour time-lapse animation:

    The doomed comet is probably a member of the Kreutz sungrazer family. Named after a 19th century German astronomer who studied them in detail, Kreutz sungrazers are fragments from the breakup of a giant comet at least 2000 years ago. Several of these fragments pass by the sun and disintegrate every day. Most are too small to see but occasionally a big fragment--like this one--attracts attention.

    Keep an eye on SOHO for the latest images.
    http://www.spaceweather.com/
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    Sheila, Or.

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    so here's the image showing that comet!!

    Post  Sheila, Or. on Sat 13 Mar 2010, 12:54 am

    should have known better than to post the "latest image" since they do change. So it shouldn't be a total loss, here's the image of that cute little comet diving into the sun. Kinda sad huh? Sad


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