SOHO/LASCO C3 Sees a Very Bright Kreutz-group Sungrazing Comet

Very Bright Kreutz-group Sungrazing Comet

“One of the brightest Sungrazers we’ve seen in a long time …”,

tweeted Karl Battams (@SungrazerComets) of NRL’s Sungrazing Comets Project.

Very Bright Kreutz-group Sungrazing Comet

A snapshot of the new bright Kreutz comet captured by the SOHO/LASCO C3 coronagraph. This image was created and shared by Karl Battams, @SungrazingComet.

Battams estimates the comet to be approximately 30-50 kilometers wide and expects it to reach speeds of at least 500 km/s when it reaches its demise, vaporized by the sun. The comet currently has a magnitude around 6 and may reach 0 or even -1. This is not another Comet Lovejoy but it could be exciting in SDO imagery like the first comet seen by SDO, C/2011 N3 (SOHO). We look forward to seeing what transpires. Keep an eye out here for updates. For more on this and other sungrazing comets, past, present and future, check out the NRL Sungrazing Comet Project website and follow @SungrazerComets on Twitter.

Meanwhile, here is a video showing the beginning of the comets approach to the sun, observed with the SOHO/LASCO C3 instrument. Look in the bottom right of the video.

credit: NRL/NASA/ESA/SOHO/helioviewer and Karl Battams

8 Comments

  1. Jeamy Lee says:

    Created a Video of this sun diving comet with JHeliosViewer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi-fW7hbYA0

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  3. PROOF OF DARK MATTER

    Kevin McKeever : Did a Comet Hit Cause an Explosion on the Sun?
    Yes and then some.

    http://www.universetoday.com

    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/89433/did-a-comet-hit-cause-an-cme-on-the-sun/#ixzz2coNZB6A7

    This amazing video from the SOHO mission (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) shows a sun-diving comet hitting the solar surface on October 1, 2011 and unexpectedly a huge explosion occurs shortly after. Are the two events related? Probably not, but solar scientists don

  4. Kevin M. McKeever says:

    PROOF OF DARK MATTER

    Kevin McKeever : Did a Comet Hit Cause an Explosion on the Sun?
    Yes and then some.

    http://www.universetoday.com

    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/89433/did-a-comet-hit-cause-an-cme-on-the-sun/#ixzz2coNZB6A7

    This amazing video from the SOHO mission (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) shows a sun-diving comet hitting the solar surface on October 1, 2011 and unexpectedly a huge explosion occurs shortly after. Are the two events related? Probably not, but solar scientists don’t know for sure. The region where the CME originated was on the opposite side of the Sun from the comet hit, so that is very great distance. Scientists say there is no known mechanism for comets to trigger a CME.

    Kevin McKeever : how about Dark mater., yes that would do that, I think.
    as the comet was stop by the sun/star the Dark Matter continued out the opposite side of the Sun/star with its own gravity.

  5. Kevin M. McKeever says:

    dark matter is a type of matter hypothesized to account for a large part of the total mass in the universe. Dark matter cannot be seen directly with telescopes; evidently it neither emits nor absorbs light or other electromagnetic radiation at any significant level.[1] Instead, its existence and properties are inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, radiation, and the large-scale structure of the universe.

    11 hours ago

  6. Kevin M. McKeever says:

    its existence and properties are inferred from its gravitational effects on visible matter, radiation, and the large-scale structure of the universe.

  7. Kevin M. McKeever says:

    and did it cause the sun flairs? (Dark Matter) yes it did.

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