WATCH: Comet Crashes Into Sun and Explodes

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This video released by NASA shows a small comet crashing into the sun. The video was captured by the European space agency “SOHO” space telescope.

The explosion that follows is called “coronal mass ejection” – basically a giant solar flare.

19 comments
spookiewriter
spookiewriter

That tiny comet did not cause the CME as it didn't "crash" into the surface (even if it did, it still would not be the cause). Just a coincidence.

viva
viva

Sun was blue due to wavelength correction from telescope.

What is more dramatic is that even if the size of comet was small - the explosion was huge - even though the mass of sun is exponentially huge and so is the energy generated. 

adanaweb
adanaweb

its amazing video. But why video blue?

DanBruce
DanBruce

How often does this type of comet-sun collision happen, anyone know?

Whatanotion
Whatanotion

Very interesting explosion apparently it vaporized in front of the sun in a 360 degree or actually spherical explosion.  It seems to come out the other side of the sun at the same time it gets thrown back out of the front but that isn't what happened.  It sure looks that way though; but the mass conversion could not produce that effect.  And talk about your E=MCsqd!  Whole lotta light from that mass collision with a vaporizing energy.   Plus you can see the comet accelerate towards the sun as it gets closer to it.  Very nice video.  My compliments.

Popparex
Popparex

Makes sense.  It looked like the explosion preceeded the impact and was focused on the opposite side of the impact.

ykslime
ykslime

@adanaweb so u could actually see something? go outside, look at the sun, go back, relax and ask yourself that question again.

ZacPetit
ZacPetit

@tyderium @JittzP @TIME Even a comet the size of the Earth wouldn't phase the Sun. We're talking truly astronomical sizes if you're looking for a body large enough to damage the Sun.