Articles tagged "sungrazing comet"

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New, bright Kreutz sungrazing comet plunges into Sun

A new, bright Kreutz 'sungrazing' comet was discovered on September 26, 2017. The comet appeared in SOHO LASCO C3 imagery around 03:06 UTC on September 26 and finished its journey around 09:00 UTC on September 27. It was recorded by both LASCO C3 and C2...

September 29, 2017

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Bright Kreutz sungrazer plunges into the Sun

A new Kreutz family sungrazing comet appeared in SOHO's LASCO C3 coronagraph imagery around 00:40 UTC on August 2, 2016. The comet made its closest approach to the Sun around 05:15 UTC on August 4, becoming one of SOHO's top 10 brightest sungrazers. Its...

August 04, 2016

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Sungrazer's final approach to the Sun

SOHO's LASCO C3 coronagraph treated us with another movie of comet's death plunge into the Sun. Like other comets that were recorded during August, today's sungrazer belongs to Kreutz Sungrazer family. Those

October 10, 2013

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What is a sungrazing comet?

Sungrazing comets are a special class of comets that come very close to the Sun at their nearest approach, a point called perihelion. To be considered a sungrazer, a comet needs to get within about 850,000 miles from the sun at perihelion. Many come even closer, even

August 23, 2013

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Sungrazing comet and farside full-halo CME

An icy comet with estimated size of few tens of meters plunged into the Sun on August 19/20, 2013 but just before it dissipated, a far-side region on the Sun expelled a magnificent full-halo CME. Today's comet belonged to Kreutz Sungrazer family which

August 20, 2013

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Sungrazing comet visible on SOHO Lasco C3 imagery today

A small comet is diving toward the Sun today, August 19, 2013 and is visible on SOHO Lasco C3 imagery. It entered visual field of Lasco C3 coronagraph at 07:54 UTC on August 18th. The comet belongs to Kreutz Sungrazer family. Those

August 19, 2013

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Why are we seeing so many sungrazing comets?

Before 1979, there were less than a dozen known sungrazing comets. As of December 2012, we know of 2,500. Why did this number increase? With solar observatories like SOHO, STEREO, and SDO, we have not only better means of viewing the sun, but also the comets that

December 07, 2012

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Comet Lovejoy - Update

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is on the path of selfdestruction. It is set to pass through the sun's intensely hot corona, within 87,000 miles (140,000 km) of the solar surface. This point of closest approach, called perihelion, is expected at 7 p.m. EST Dec. 15

December 15, 2011

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Kreutz sungrazing comet seen diving into Sun

On September 14, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) watched what happened when one comet got too close. Click on the arrow to play a 6-hour time lapse movie: One icy comet went in, none came out. Discovered on Sept. 13th by Michal Kusiak of Poland and...

September 15, 2011