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An unusual comet was spotted by the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) as it travelled near the sun late last week, and unlike most other comets that make such a voyage, this one actually lived to tell the tale.
For the first time in 11,000 years, Comet Lovejoy will be visible this week. Like so visible, you can see it with just your eyes.
Just prior to its closest approach to the sun on November 28, Comet ISON went through a major heating event, and likely suffered a major disruption. At this time, scientists are not sure how much of the comet survived intact.
Hale-Bopp, Haley’s, Levy-Shoemaker 9. These are just a few of the more well-known modern comets that have blazed across the night sky in our lifetime.
A paper published in the Jan. 20th issue of Science raises an intriguing new possibility for astronomers: unearthing comet corpses in the solar wind. The new research is based on dramatic images of a comet disintegrating in the sun's atmosphere last July.
Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight. The deepest cold is their natural habitat.
On December 16, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.
The SOHO spaceborne solar observatory today captured comet Lovejoy in its field of view for the first time, indicating that the icy body is on its final destructive plunge towards the Sun.
NASA's Solar And HelioSpheric Observatory (SOHO) recently witnessed a sungrazing comet being eaten up by a coronal mass ejection (CME).
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.