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April 25.9-26.0. Stockholm Observatory plates, photographs by Darsenius, by Folgelquist, and by several other observers. The tails are quite symmetric, the ordinary tail has a length of about 30º and the anomalous tail has the appearance of a narrow rectilinear ray surrounded by a diffuse envelope.
Note the difference between "in" and "on".
“We have known for a long time that water ice exists in comets, but this is the first evidence of water ice on comets,” said Jessica Sunshine, Deep Impact co-investigator and lead author of the Science article. Tempel I
Based on this spectral data, it appears that the surface ice used to be inside Tempel 1 but became exposed over time. The team reports that jets – occasional blasts of dust and vapor – may send this surface ice, as well as interior ice, to the coma, or tail, of Tempel 1.
“So we know we’re looking at a geologically active body whose surface is changing over time,” Schultz said. “Now we can begin to understand how and why these jets erupt.”
Originally posted by VitriolAndAngst
I don't say that to a lot of posts here... I'm not an expert at reading these solar images -- but my "appreciation for physics" tells me that the object striking from one side causing a "burst" to go around the Sun and a solar flare on the opposite side means it had to be "really big."
It will be interesting to see if this increases radiation -- what will be the impact? Since it was at a right angle to our planet (we see it from the side) -- the good news is that most of the released solar winds will not be headed our way.
Objects hitting the sun are fairly common -- but I'm sure that this size object doesn't happen every year.
Originally posted by Human_Alien
What just slammed the Sun?
What if the same experimentation was being done on the sun with nukes or other exotic black project weapons to see what the effect would be, which explains the missing data.