Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Sungrazing Comet

After the bright sungrazing comet discovered on January 02, 2010 on images taken by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft, a new comet is plunging toward the sun. On first looking this comet is ~1-1.5 mag fainter than the previous one from early January.

Below the new comet imaged by another solar spacecraft, SOHO:


Click here to see the same image with labels (by Spaceweather):

While by clicking the thumbnail below you can see a full C3 Animation (credit SOHO):



The comet is just entering the field of view of SOHO C2 camera:


Click here for a bigger version:

http://bit.ly/7hhDlK

UPDATE JANUARY 23

As expected, this sungrazing comet has not survived to its close encounter with the sun.


By Ernesto Guido

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