Thursday, August 04, 2016
A Kreutz Comet Meets its Doom
On 31 July a small Kreutz comet entered the field of view of the SOHO C3 imager, Kreutz comets are sungrazing comets thought to be the remnants of a large comet which broke up several centuries ago. The comet rapidly brightened, causing Karl Battrams to suggest this is the brightest Kreutz for 21 years.
The comet came to perihelion on August 4 at around 05 UT, at around 1 solar diameter from the Sun. The even was captured by the SOHO C3 and C2 instruments and the STEREO COR2 and COR1 instruments.In the animations above you can see the comet going behind the occultation disks hiding the sun in all these instruments...and not coming out. The comet was vaporized by the intense heat of the sun.