Comet Hits Sun Video Captured by NASA’s SOHO (Video)

By on May 16, 2011 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science Comments

NASA has captured a video of a comet hitting the sun between May 10 and 11, international sites reported on Friday.

Comet
A comet
Image Credit: SkyShooter.net

According to reports, the video was captured by NASA‘s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). It seemed to show that after the collision, an explosion followed. However, NASA explained that the comet did not cause the explosion. Instead, a coronal mass ejection (CME) coincidentally blasted out to the right just as the comet approaches the sun.

According to NASA Goddard’s Flickr page, in which the video was uploaded, analysis of the CME using images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the CME erupted before the comet came close enough to the solar surface to interact with strong magnetic field.

The comet was said to be a part of the Kreutz family, remnants of a single giant comet that broke up many centuries ago, which were discovered by amateur astronomer Sergey Shrupakov.

Below is the video of the sun-comet collision taken from NASA Goddard‘s Flickr page:



Comet-Sun Collision
Credit: NASA / SOHO



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