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Monday, August 19, 2013


A bright SOHO comet does a Sundive

Bright sungrazer comet in SOHO Lasco C3 images on 18 August 2013. Inset shows expanded image of comet. Click to embiggen. Image Credit SOHO/NASAGIF animation of latest 20 images of comet as it heads for the Sun, it will get brighter over the next day or so before disintegrating.

A small Kreutz group comet has entered the field of view of the SOHO spacecraft. Karl Battams reports that it's around 30-50 meters wide and may reach magnitude 2 or more before being vaporised by the Sun in the next day or so. Sadly, it will be too close to the Sun to be visible from Earth when it reaches these magnitudes.

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