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Sungrazing Comet - Wrong Place, Wrong Time
2011-10-05 11:16:14

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Solar And HelioSpheric Observatory (SOHO) recently witnessed a sungrazing comet being eaten up by a coronal mass ejection (CME). The comet that disintegrated on October 2, 2011 was a sungrazing comet of the type known as a Kreutz Sungrazer, according to NASA. The Kreutz Sungrazers are a family of comets known for taking orbits extremely close to the Sun.  This family is believed to be fragments of one large comet that broke up several centuries ago....

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2010-06-09 12:45:47

Comet McNaught C/2009 R1 will become brighter than first thought and will be visible to the naked eye over the next few weeks. Australian astronomer Robert McNaught discovered the comet last September using the 0.5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera.  Enough observations were made of the comet to allow Brian Marsden of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to calculate its orbit. Comet McNaught is expected to pass closest to the sun at 37 million...

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2010-01-05 13:10:00

NASA scientists have spotted a comet in space being 'eaten' as it flies too close to the sun, Dailymail UK reported. Footage captured by NASA's solar-focused agency - Solar and Helioscopic Observatory (SOHO) - showed the Kreutz Sungrazer as it made its fateful approach. Click on "Related Video" above to see a video. Experts say Kreutz Sungrazers are characterized by orbits that take them extremely close to the Sun. German astronomer Heinrich Kreutz theorized that they are fragments of one...