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Originally posted by Dr Cosma
On August 19, a massive solar flare and coronal mass ejection hit the comet, which may have been the beginning of the end for the much ballyhooed lump of ice and dirt.
The mighty sun took care of business for us.
“We’ve been following it in the STEREO spacecraft images and a number of amateurs have been following it in their telescopes,” said Australian amateur astronomer Ian Musgrave, author of the Astroblog website. “Shortly after the coronal mass ejection the comet flared up and you could see some beautiful details in the tail, with the tail was twisting about in the solar wind. But shortly after that Earth- bound amateurs reported a huge decrease in the intensity of the comet. We think it may presage a falling apart of the comet.”
Seem's like we alrite
Nice thread S&F.
Originally posted by NeoVain
Not so sure this comet has melted, but say it is made of mostly ice and actually has, where would the "water" go? It would continue on the same trajectory of course, and when it hits colder space again it will freeze solid again. That is no mystery.
Originally posted by icecold7
im sure im just an idiot