Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spectacular Sundiving Comet

Source - Space Weather News for Dec. 15, 2011:

SUNDIVING COMET: Comet Lovejoy is plunging toward the sun, and its ~200-meter wide core is vaporizing furiously as it approaches the hot star. So far the comet's brightness seems to be exceeding expectations. Indeed, there is a slim chance that the sundiver will brighten enough to be seen with the naked eye in broad daylight on Dec. 15th. Check for further discussion and the latest movies from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

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