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Jan. 12, 2011: The sun has just experienced a storm—not of explosive flares and hot plasma, but of icy comets.
"The storm began on Dec 13th and ended on the 22nd," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. "During that time, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected 25 comets diving into the sun. It was crazy!"
Sundiving comets—a.k.a. "sungrazers"—are nothing new. SOHO typically sees one every few days, plunging inward and disintegrating as solar heat sublimes its volatile ices. "But 25 comets in just ten days, that's unprecedented," says
Originally posted by tiger5
Okay everyone breath deeply:
Size matters. a large comet would be 20KM across. the sun is 1391980 + KM. Even if we see a super duper comet on steriods of 40KM acroos the difference would negligable.