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Originally posted by Insomniac
Fantastic images, especially in your other thread that you link to. But I can't see the correlation between a solar flare and a comet hitting the sun. A comet is miniscule compared to the sun, they actually aren't very big at all.
What is a comet?
In fact a comet hitting the Sun would be rather like a snowball hitting the USA from a height of a 100 feet! So, wonderful pictures, but the chances of there being a connection between a comet impact and a solar flare is very, very slight.
Originally posted by stirling
The idea of comets being all ice is poppycock.
They would be vapourised by the sun before ever hitting the surface id expect.
Even nickel iron may be largely destroyed befire making ground there.
DOUBLE ERUPTION: On October 1st around 10:17 UT, widely-spaced sunspots 1302 and 1305 erupted in quick succession, revealing a long-distance entanglement which was not obvious before. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the double blast: Since it was launched in 2010, SDO has observed many "entangled eruptions." Active regions far apart but linked by magnetic fields can explode one after another, with disturbances spreading around the stellar surface domino-style. Yesterday's eruption appears to be the latest example. The part of the eruption centered on sunspot 1305 hurled a coronal mass ejection toward Earth. The relatively slow-moving (500 km/s) cloud is expected to reach our planet on Oct. 4th, possibly causing geomagnetic storms when it arrives. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. Geomagnetic storm alerts: