Comet Grazing the Sun

In December 2011, comet Lovejoy dove through the sun’s corona.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured images offering scientists a unique opportunity to observe the phenomenon.

Comet tails have ionized gases which are affected by the sun’s magnetic field, and a comet’s encounter with the sun is a treat for heliophysicits to continue their study of the sun and of comets.

 See Comet Grazing the Sun at NASA Video Gallery.

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