Death of a sungrazer

Death of a sungrazer

. This SOHO image shows a bright sungrazing comet (bottom center) headed into the inner atmosphere of the Sun on 22 October 2001. The partial white circle marks the outer edge of the visible solar disk, whose intense glare is hidden by the instrumentís occulting disk (opaque circular region at top center). The million-degree solar atmosphere can also be seen, steaming away from the Sun. (Courtesy of the SOHO LASCO consortium. SOHO is a project of international collaboration between ESA and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University