SOHO Films Sungrazer Comet Being Ripped Apart and Evaporated
nsnbc : ESA’s and NASA’s SOHO satellite filmed a sungrazer comet being ripped apart and evaporate as it made its final pass above the sun’s energy fields.
ESA’s and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, short SOHO, recorded a bright comet plunge toward the sun on Aug. 3-4, 2016. The “plunge” toward the sun happened with a speed at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour.
Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun. They are usually on highly elliptical orbits that carry them far beyond the orbit of Pluto at their farthest points.
This particular comet was first spotted by SOHO on Aug. 1. It is, or rather “was” is part of the Kreutz family of comets, a group of comets with related orbits that broke off of a huge comet several centuries ago.
NASA reports that this comet didn’t fall into the sun, but rather whipped around it – or at least, it would have if it had survived its journey. The” sungrazer’s” last journey brought it too close to the sun’s “fields”.
— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) August 5, 2016
Like most sungrazing comets, this comet was torn apart and vaporized by the intense forces near the sun. The disk of the sun is represented by the white circle in this image.
F/AK – nsnbc 06.08.2016