Comet Lovejoy Grazes the Sun


Produced by the Sungrazing Comets Project courtesy of NASA/NRL

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December 20, 2011, Duration: 00:03, Comet Lovejoy races through a several-million degree solar corona as it passes the Sun on December 15th, 2011 (EST). The comet defied the expectations of many experts by not only surviving its solar plunge but re-emerging as strong and bright as before. Imagery was gathered from NRL's Sun-Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI)/EUVI-A instruments, which are a part of the NASA Solar Terrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission.


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