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Sun-diving comet caught on video

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A NASA satellite dedicated to taking images of the sun 24 hours an Earth day caught a comet plunging into the sun this morning.

Below is a movie of the event.

Look to the lower right of the image and you will see a thin white line moving quickly towards the sun and then disappearing.  

That is the comet, which burns up as it moves close to the surface of the sun. 

The large explosion before the comet disappears from the movie is a coronal mass ejection (CME). 

A CME is a massive release of solar energy and is relatively common during peaks of the 11-year solar cycle.

The solar cycle is when our home star swings from periods of relatively low activity to periods of high activity. 

The sun happens to be at the peak of one of those cycles right now. 

For more on the sun-diving comet and CMEs visit spaceweather.com



 
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