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Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives

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  1. mr. sin

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    Dec. 16, 2011: This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.

    "It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us."

    The comet's close encounter was recorded by at least five spacecraft: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and twin STEREO probes, Europe's Proba2 microsatellite, and the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The most dramatic footage so far comes from SDO, which saw the comet go in (movie http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2011/12/16/comet_whoosh.m4v ) and then come back out again (movie http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2011/12/16/lovejoyemerges.m4v ).

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/16dec_cometlovejoy/

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    ok by watching that gif wtf caused the comet to go in a diff direction?
     
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  3. The Godfather

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    Are you serious? "whaa"

    That's it's elliptical orbit influenced by the mass of the sun.
     
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    Then it hit warp ten and went back to 1986
     
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    Gravity.
     
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    Kinda looks like it might have changed ecliptic...
     
  8. The Godfather

    The Godfather Spark it up for The Godfather and say!!!!!

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    That's not the right word, and I can assure you... it didn't
     
  9. ShooterMcGavin

    ShooterMcGavin Go back to your shanties.

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    I think it's just the angle. It looks like the comet is coming straight back at us but I don't think that is the case.
     
  10. Mother Shucker

    Mother Shucker I'm over here now.

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    Ha, please change your name from whiskeyguy to Capt. Obvious.
     
  11. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    is relieved

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    Haha... he asked.
     
  13. Mother Shucker

    Mother Shucker I'm over here now.

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    Agreed. It was a softball, you HAD to hit it.
     

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