Spectacular Sun Diving Comet and M3.9 Class Flare – Oct 1, 2011

A comet discovered by amateur astronomers on Friday, Sept. 30th, disintegrated in spectacular fashion the very next day when it plunged into the sun.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded the comet’s last hours. The end was punctuated by an unexpected explosion

Click on the image to set the scene in motion:

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Also on July 5th, a comet dove into the sun and disintegrated.

Amazing footage just released by NASA shows the final stages of the comet’s death plunge.

M3.9 Class Flare

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:

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.

Source and author:  * spaceweather * SolarWatcher

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