Fatal impact of a comet into the Sun

Fatal impact of a comet into the Sun

Fig. 13.4 . This composite image records a comet plunging into the Sun on 23 December 1996. The innermost image (center) records the bottom of the million-degree solar atmosphere, known as the corona. The electrically charged coronal gas is seen blowing away from the Sun just outside the inner dark circle, which marks the edge of one instrumental occulting disk. Another instrument records the comet (lower left), as well as the coronal streamers at more distant regions and the stars of the Milky Way. (Courtesy of the SOHO EIT, UVCS and LASCO consortia. SOHO is a project of international collaboration between ESA and NASA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University